RSA® Conference Europe - New keynotes and Sessions of Interest

There’s just a few weeks now to go until the 9th annual RSA® Conference Europe (27-29 October, 2008) at ExCeL London and here are a few updates as to what is happening:

New keynotes and Sessions of Interest:

In addition to the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas’ keynote on Wednesday, 29 October, RSA Conference Europe has also confirmed Baroness Neville-Jones, Shadow Security Minister, UK will present the closing keynote.

Baroness Neville-Jones will focus on the issues, both practical and political, that government and society face when developing a national security agenda. During her early career, Neville-Jones was a British diplomat having served in then-Rhodesia, Singapore and the USA, amongst others.

Since then, she has held a number of security posts, including Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office (’91 to ’94). In January 2006, she was appointed by David Cameron to head the Conservative Party's National and International Security Policy Group, and on 2 July 2007 she was appointed Shadow Security Minister and National Security Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition.

Olympic Games Information Security: The Ultimate Challenge is scheduled on Wednesday, 29th October at 9am. Marc Llanes, Information Security Manager, Atos Origin and Vladan Todorovic, Information Security Manager, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are confirmed to lead the session.

They will cover how to address the challenges that come with securing the world’s most high profile event, and how to recognise real threats and ensure consistent and secure data flow in such information overloaded, widespread and heterogeneous high risk environment.

Other already confirmed keynotes

Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner of the UK’s Information Commissioner's Office is keynoting on Wednesday 29th October and will discuss the latest developments and topical issues of the ever-evolving landscape of information security and how the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is being strengthened and what the ICO’s approach will be following the recent high profile data losses across the UK’s public and private sectors.

Online Privacy and the World of Behavioral Targeting: Challenges and Options is the first keynote panel to be confirmed which will be moderated by Chris Kuner, Partner and Head of International Privacy and Information Management at Hunton & Williams, one of the worlds largest law firms.

Art W. Coviello, Jr., Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC will be giving his annual keynote at the first day of the Conference.

Enhanced content with new Tracks and Sessions

Last year, RSA Conference Europe attendees gave us our highest-ever rating for the Conference content. 70 + sessions over the following 9 tracks will take place over the 3 days:

Developers & Applications (formerly Developing with Security)
Security Services (formerly Authentication)
Business of Security (formerly Business Trends & Impact)
Hosts (formerly covered by Enterprise Defence)
Governance (formerly Policy & Government)
Networks (formerly covered by Enterprise Defence)
Professional Development
Research & Threats (formerly Hackers & Threats)
Sponsor Case Studies

2008 Conference Theme: Alan Turing

This year’s Conference theme is built around Alan Turing, British cryptographer, mathematician, logician, philosopher and biologist, and will celebrate his legacy and contribution towards digital computers today. Experts and historians agree that Turing had a deeper understanding of the vast potential of computer science than anyone in his era, and is often considered the father of modern computer science. Do you want to add in something about the Bletchley Park exhibit? More information is available here.

Bloggers Are Welcome!

We are pleased to let you know that for the first time bloggers will be able to obtain a free press pass. Registration will be judged individually and based upon the credibility of the blog itself. Bloggers must have covered information security topics for a minimum of three months with a consistent posting rate (at least 2 posts a week). Other information, like Technorati ratings and number of hits/page views, will also be taken into consideration.

ExCeL: Still Closer Than You Think!

Previously misconstrued as somewhat inaccessible, we hope that last year’s overwhelmingly well attended Conference (we had 100+ press and analysts attending from all over Europe) has gone a long way to dispelling those myths and justified the choice of ExCeL London again for RSA Conference Europe 2008. Do you want to add in that it’s hosting 7 games at the Olympics in 2012? Gives it a bit more kudos!

ExCeL is exceptionally well served by air, rail, underground/DLR and road, directions to which can be found here.

Useful Info for Press/Analysts/Bloggers on Website

As RSA Conference Europe 2008 wants to make access to information as easy as possible, the dedicated press area of the website has been re-designed and improved, and is accessible by going here.

Source: AxiCom