RSA® Conference Europe Announces Full Line-Up of Keynote Speakers for Annual Information Security Event in October

Keynote Speakers include Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner; Baroness Neville-Jones, Shadow Security Minister; and Bruce Schneier

LONDON, UK, Oct 01, 2008: RSA® Conference, the world’s leading information security conference group, today announced its complete line-up of keynote speakers for the 9th annual RSA Conference Europe. The Conference, taking place from 27th-29th October 2008 at ExCeL London, UK, is set to bring together international industry experts, senior executives, security professionals, developers, architects and vendors – and will deliver its educational content through keynotes, special interest groups, and more than 70 sessions across 10 tracks.

Continuing to feature keynote panels addressing the hottest topics in security, RSA Conference Europe will include what is expected to be a highly-controversial session examining ‘Online Privacy and the World of Behavioural Targeting: Challenges and Options’ on the main stage on Monday, 27th October. In this moderated panel, representatives from industry and government including Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Ari Schwartz, CEO at Center for Democracy and Technology, Michael Spadea, Privacy Counsel at Barclays LLC and Paul Goad, MD at NebuAd Ltd. will discuss online privacy with regard to 'traditional' online advertising (e.g., through use of tools such as Google's AdWords and AdSense), and how a newer move to behavioural targeting may impact online privacy and security.

Other Keynote Speakers include:

  • Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Office, UK
  • Baroness Neville-Jones, Shadow Security Minister, UK
  • Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist, and CTO, BT Counterpane
  • Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC and President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC
  • Ken Silva, CTO, VeriSign
The 2008 RSA Conference Europe program will also feature:

70+ sessions focused on the Business of Security, Developers & Applications, Governance, Hosts, Hot Topics, Networks, Professional Development, Research & Threats, Security Services and Sponsor Case Studies

The Exhibition featuring new product innovations from over 40 world-class service and technology vendors, including Fortify Software, Integralis, MXI Security, Omada A/S, Optenet, phion AG, SanDisk, Tripwire, Trusted Computing Group, VeriSign, RSA, The Security Division of EMC and WinMagic Inc.
20 + Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offering interactive and hands-on debating forums
Unparalleled Networking Opportunities with 1,400 security professionals

“RSA Conference Europe will continue to encourage thought-provoking discussions on issues that affect our industry in EMEA as well as around the world,” said Linda Lynch, RSA Conference Europe Manager. “Not surprisingly, data security will be one of the most discussed topics at this year’s Conference following a number of high-profile security breaches in the last year in Europe, and in particular in the UK. We’ll have a number of sessions, panels and keynotes focusing on this critical topic, presented by representatives from the European Commission, Symantec, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, The Ponemon Institute and others.”

"There are a number of security events in Europe that stand out, but the RSA Conference is the most prominent,” said Mike Davies, Director of Identity and Authentication Services at VeriSign. “In addition to technology leaders sharing their thinking and vision for the industry, the conference provides excellent opportunities to network with peers and prospects alike."

This year’s RSA Conference theme is built around Alan Turing – the 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.

To celebrate his life and works, RSA Conference Europe has teamed up with Bletchley Park’s Education Department and will be showcasing a number of cipher and enigma machines at the event.

RSA Conference is helping drive the security agenda worldwide with annual events in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Throughout its history, RSA Conference has consistently attracted the world’s best and brightest in the field, creating opportunities for Conference attendees to learn about IT security’s most important issues through first-hand interactions with peers, luminaries and both emerging and established companies. As the IT security field continues to grow in importance and influence, RSA Conference plays an integral role in keeping security professionals across the globe connected and educated. For more information and Conference dates, visit

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Source: AxiCom