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ISG Open Day 2018

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  • Date 26 Jun 2018
  • Time 09:00-17:00
  • Category Open day

ISG Open Day 2018

The 2nd ISG Open Day will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018. 

The Information Security Group (ISG) will open its doors for the group's second ISG Open Day on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at Royal Holloway's main campus in Egham, Surrey.

Our open day is designed for anyone with an interest in cyber security to come along and learn more about the ISG and what we do.

The event is free to attend, if you plan to come you should pre-register on Eventbrite at:

We have a jam-packed programme of keynote lectures, sound-bite talks and presentations from current PhD students, together with opportunities to network and engage in discussions with our experts based here at Royal Holloway. We are pleased to welcome two guest speakers, Professor Steve Babbage, Vodafone & Honorary Professor, ISG,  and Professor Colin Williams Honorary Fellow, University of Warwick (more details below).

The atmosphere will be informal and friendly and we aim to showcase and present many different aspects of information security, the achievements and the widely recognised contribution of the ISG in the field of Information Security, as well as current opportunities for cyber security training and research. There will be an exhibit of one of the famous Enigma Machines from Bletchley Park, which were used during World War Two and there are talks and activities on a variety of themes from our research groups: cryptography, smart cards and the Internet of Things, systems security, people and security, and many more!

The programme can be found here.

Parking spaces will be freely available on campus, you will be able to enjoy free refreshments on our newly built Founder's Square, and a street food lunch in the iconic Founder's building quad.

Tickets are free but registration is essential via Eventbrite.  
Registration is from 9.00 am on the day.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us ( and we look forward to see you in June. Please feel free to spread the word wid Save ely – all are welcome!


The 2018 keynote speakers:

Professor Steve Babbage "The road to 5G Security"


'I will start by talking about 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G, explaining how security has evolved through those generations – and how the requirements have changed too, as different services have been offered over mobile connections.  I will then talk about 5G: the further security improvements that will be brought in in 5G, and the changes in 5G that have motivated or enabled new security features.  I will end with the remaining security challenges that I believe still need to be solved.'

Professor Steve Babbage is a Distinguished Engineer at Vodafone.  He is the head of security and mathematics in Vodafone Group Research and Development, and the chief cryptographer for the Vodafone Group.  Since 2002 he has been the chair of ETSI SAGE (Security Algorithms Group of Experts), the group that specifies all standardised crypto algorithms for 3GPP.  He is also a member of the Fraud and Security Advisory Panel at GSMA, and the Technical Advisory Board of Nok Nok Labs.  Before joining Vodafone, he worked in the mathematics department of Racal Comsec Ltd, a company that designed, manufactured and supplied communication security equipment for both commercial and military use around the world; Steve’s department was responsible for the cryptographic algorithms implemented in all this equipment.  Steve received an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD in Mathematics from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London.

Professor Colin Williams "A Tale of Beer, Chile, Sheffield ... and Syn!" 


The one about the man with an impressive beard who went from Sheffield to a far distant land to build a computer system from scratch to run an entire country in the service of socialism at around the same time that Elon Musk was born ... and why this matters to us all today.


  • Honorary Fellow, University of Warwick
  • Visiting Professor, De Montfort University
  • Founding Fellow Cyber Policy Centre
  • Editor "CyberTalk"

As both a businessman and as an academic, Colin is a prominent figure in the international cyber security community with over twenty years of experience in public sector enterprise IT, Information Assurance and cyber security. As a director of SBL, he develops and leads the business development strategy of a wholly UK owned and controlled market leading provider of vendor independent cyber security solutions to the public sector. He has been involved in initiating and delivering some of the largest software volume licence public sector procurement projects in the world.

As an occasional academic, he is developing a body of work around the human, intellectual, cultural, societal and historical context of computing and Cybernetics which he is delivering across a series of lectures, seminars and papers. Colin writes, consults and speaks on cyber, cyber security and strategic enterprise IT procurement in the UK and internationally. He is editor in chief of “CyberTalk” and new journal for the promotion and development of fresh and interdisciplinary thinking about cyber and the human relationships with computers

We are very grateful to our sponsors - Thales, GSK, Skybox Security and Royal Holloway ACE-CSR - who help to make this day possible.

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