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

Programme Agenda

"Security Challenges for the Information Society"

Security today isn't just a matter of new technology and new threats. Security is about doing business in new ways that reflect the emerging dangers in our world, the evolving concerns of customers, investors and employees. Security infrastructures need open standards and interoperability to scale to the huge deployments that are being rolled out. Many 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 Forum will provide a unique opportunity for the security standards community (public sector, private sector and standards developing organizations) to come together to discuss current issues and challenges, strategic approaches, recent successes, and future outlooks.


  • Preliminary Schedule-at-a-Glance
  • Telecom Workshop | Tuesday, 30 September: Free of Charge with Forum Registration
  • Forum Program:
    • Related Meetings | 29-30 September (link coming soon)

      *Attendance at the Telecom Workshop is free with the Forum registration and also available separately.

      forum keynotes

      Gerry Gebel Gerry Gebel, Vice President and Service Director for Burton Group Identity and Privacy Strategies

      Gerry covers identity management, federation, entitlement management, user provisioning, authentication technologies, directories, privacy issues, and PKI. Since joining Burton Group in 2000, Gerry has written numerous reports and articles on these topics. Gerry has also been instrumental in advancing the state of identity-based interoperability by leading demonstration projects for federation, entitlement management, and user-centric standards and specifications. Prior to joining Burton Group, Gerry gained experience in architecture, engineering, integration, and production support of mainframe, client sever and distributed systems in the financial services industry since 1986. Gerry was a founding member of Securities Industry Middleware Council (SIMC), a vertical industry organization representing the securities industry to the IT provider community and served as council vice president and Security Focus Group chairman.

      Mark Ferrar Mark Ferrar, Director of Infrastructure within the Technology Office of NHS Connecting for Health

      As Director of Infrastructure within the Technology Office of NHS Connecting for Health, Mark's current role covers both infrastructure and information governance / IT security responsibilities. Covering strategy and architecture for large national programmes such as NHSmail and the N3 network, the infrastructure directorate also embraces provision of guidance throughout the NHS for the desktop, the Network Operating System and associated services and common applications used throughout the NHS and plays a key role managing relationships with suppliers such as Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, Intel, AMD and Vodafone. Mark joined the NHS in September 2004 after 17 years with ICI, the international chemicals and paints company, where he held a variety of IT management and architecture roles until becoming Global Infrastructure Manager in the Office of the Global CIO. Mark holds BSc, MBA and PhD qualifications, the latter for work on the computer simulation of flow-processed short-fibre reinforced composite materials from Liverpool University. When time allows, Mark can be found mountain biking, canoeing or hill-walking in the English Lakes, Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors not far from home.

      Giles Hogben Giles Hogben, Security Expert at the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

      Giles Hogben is a security expert working at ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency. He currently runs expert groups studying emerging security risks in areas such as mobile identity, Web 2.0, social networking and reputation systems. He also contributes to ENISA's work on eID, including the modelling of government authentication policies using SAML. Before joining ENISA, he was a researcher at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, and led work on metadata languages for private credentials in the EU PRIME project (Privacy and Identity Management for Europe), managed by IBM Research, Zurich.

      Edin Bektesevic Edin Bektesevic, Senior Technology Strategist, Vodafone

      Edin Bektesevic is Senior Technology Strategist with Vodafone Group Services in the United Kingdom where he has led the company’s international team focused on standardization in service-orientated strategic and technical areas and international bodies. In turn, he focused on advising, guiding, contributing and leading in strategically crucial areas of standardization, like service architecture, identity management and mobile advertising. In his previous career he worked for Compaq Computer and Sun Microsystems in Stockholm, on strategic projects where innovation, business and technology meet.. Edin has a wealth of experience in both the commercial and technical aspects of the mobile and computer industry. He was one of the founders of a startup focusing on mobile retailing, which has won a Silver medal at the Swedish Business Plan of the Year, an award associated with Stockholm School of Economics and, at the European level, London School of Economics and other European counterparts. His academic background comes from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the University of Sarajevo.

      Paul Wright Paul Wright, e-Crime Security Consultant and Detective Sergeant, City of London Police

      Paul Wright is an E-Crime Security Consultant and a Detective Sergeant with the City of London Police; he was previously seconded to the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit as an operational team leader. A career detective Paul has spent the last 10 years specialising in Internet, network and computer investigations at a local, national and international level. As a result of which he has given forensic evidence in a number of Crown Courts in this country and their equivalent overseas.

      Since January 2004 Paul has been charge of the Hi-Tech Crime Team in the City and is the driving force behind their outreach programme to the business sector. In this role he presents to a wide range of business organisations and actively encourages the flow of information between the private sector and law enforcement regarding hi-tech crime.

      Paul has had a number of practitioner papers published on E-Crime, as well as articles in the Guardian supplement. He holds a Master of Science in professional computing, is an associate of the Institute of Information Security Professionals and a regular lecturer on Computer Forensics, Hi-Tech and E-Crime a number of Universities and Colleges.