Open Standards Forum 2008 - Security Challenges for the Information Society, 30 September - 1 October 2008, Ditton Manor, Near London

Call for Presentations

Programme Theme: "Security Challenges for the Information Society"

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are a major enabler of the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, and manipulation of information and have a major impact on our quality of life, our working conditions and the overall competitiveness of our industries and services. In today's society, information and information access plays a central role, economically, socially and individually.

However, open exchange of information and access to online services also pose challenges and threats. Service providers want to authenticate the identity of individuals requesting access, and determine the resources and services they are entitled to access. Users want their identity and personal data and privacy to be protected adequately, and the confidentiality of sensitive data they are submitting to be respected.

In today's Internet and in many large private network infrastructures, heterogeneity and diversity are the rule rather than the exception. Security infrastructures need open standards and interoperability to scale to the huge deployments that are being rolled out today. Some of these security standards from OASIS and other organizations support a model where identity authentication, access control, digital signature processing, encryption and key management are provided as services that can be distributed and shared.

The Open Standards Forum 2008 will provide users who are evaluating or looking to deploy such security infrastructures with an opportunity to explore the state of the art in security services, standards and products. It will also provide users with an opportunity to present and share their use cases, requirements and (initial) experience with other users and with some of the leading experts in this field.

OASIS invites proposals for presentations, panel sessions, interoperability demonstration related to security challenges for the information society, and on standards and solutions that are being developed to address them.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • High-level overviews of security challenges, and the landscape of security standards being developed to address them (possibly narrowed down to a specific aspect, e.g. authentication).

  • Case studies, requirements, deployment overviews, profiles from specific sectors or application areas (e-governments, telecom, financial services, health care ...).

  • Authentication of citizens in cross-border government services, issues related to mutual recognition of authentication services.

  • Information cards and information card interoperability.

  • Access control, access control models, policies, and privacy issues.

  • Key management (PKI or symmetric key-based).

  • Digital Signatures, electronic signatures, server-based signature processing, technical and legal issues.

  • Securing Web Services: WS-I profiles; recent Web Services security specifications.

  • To Submit a Proposal:

    Please send you proposal to:

    You will need the following information:

  • Full contact details (name, affiliation, email, phone, postal address) of the presenter acting as the primary contact
  • Full list of authors and/or additional presenters, if any
  • Brief biography (one paragraph) for all presenters/authors
  • A short characterization of the presentation, e.g. listing one of the four
  • Submission areas it falls into, and optionally the submission items within the area.
  • An abstract between 500 and 2000 outlining the subject, title, and summarizing the key points of your proposal, panel discussion, or tutorial.

All submissions will be acknowledged.