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Infosecurity Europe plans to host Hall of Fame.

InfoSecurity Europe : 07 March, 2008  (Company News)
In the run up to Infosecurity Europe 2008 the computing and information security industries were asked to nominate who they felt had made the most significant contributions to Information Security.
Voting was conducted through the thousands of people who visit, Infosecurity Magazine and Computer Weekly portals. These professionals were asked to nominate those they felt fulfilled the following criteria:

* They should be an internationally recognised and respected information security practitioner or advocate;

* Made a clear and long term contribution to the advancement of information security;

* Provided intellectual or practical input that has shifted the advancement of information security;

* They should be an engaging and revolutionary thought leader in information security

Today's members of the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame were voted for by the information security industry as having met these criteria.

There was a predictably strong showing for US based experts, but in a tight finish Professor Fred Piper of Royal Holloway University of London emerged as the front runner with 30 per cent of the votes.

Speaking on his nomination, Fred Piper said, "I believe the reason I have been voted to receive this recognition is because I'm at the head of a fantastic team and this is acknowledgment of all their activities, teaching ability, hard work and research behind the MSc in Information Security that goes on at Royal Holloway."

Piper continued, "The electronic handling of information is one of the defining technologies of our age. Enormous volumes of information are routinely stored and transmitted worldwide - indeed, most aspects of our daily lives would come to a halt should the information infrastructure fail. Yet the fundamental issue we all face is protecting this data. Personal data has a right to be protected and organisations have a responsibility to treat it with the same respect shown to other classified information. Security has moved on from the algorithms of the 80s, today it comes down to the human factor, the management side of security. As an educationalist, the more people are educated then the better information security will become."

Other nominees who attracted the highest votes include Bruce Schneier, Adam Laurie, Alan Paller and Howard Schmidt.

All the nominees will address the free-to-attend keynote audience at Infosecurity Europe on the 23 April 2008 at London Olympia :

10.30 - 11.15 - Reconceptualizing Security'
Bruce Schneier, Founder and CTO, BT Counterpane

11.30 - 12.15 - RFIDIOTS - Practical RFID Hacking Without Soldering Irons
Adam Laurie, Director, The Bunker

12.30 - 13.15 - The Three Levers You Can Use to Transform Information Security
Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

13.30 - 14.15 - The State of Risk, Information Security, Cyber Crime and International Policy - A Fireside Chat with Howard Schmidt

Howard Schmidt, (ISC)2 Security Strategist and Former White House Cyber Security Adviser

14.30 - 15.15 - Let's Look Back
Fred Piper, Director of Information Security Group, Royal Holloway
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