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Pondering the G-Cloud and Security under Big Ben? Westminster eForum is….

September 6, 2011

 By @Mike_at_LPDE

Check out this public sector event on cloud and security in the context of the G-Cloud. A great selection of speakers. Full info below!

Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar

Cloud computing – security, market development and prospects for the G-Cloud



Andy Nelson

Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Justice


Dr Mark Ferrar

National Technology Officer, Microsoft UK


JP Rangaswami

Chief Scientist,


Mark Hall

Deputy Chief Information Officer, HM Revenue & Customs


Neil Cresswell

Managing Director EMEA, Savvis


Andrew Tait

Head of UK Public Services Strategy, VMWare


and presentations from
Simon Briskman, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse; Andy Burton, Chairman, Cloud Industry Forum; Ilias Chantzos, Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Symantec; Barry Jennings, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird; Andy Macleod, Strategy and Policy, Public Sector, Cisco; Richard Nethercott, Managing Director of Security, Logica; Francis Ofungwu, Manager of Security Strategy, Rackspace; Dr Peter Pietzuch, Lecturer, Large-Scale Distributed Systems Group, Imperial College London; Dor Skuler, Vice President, Cloud Enablement Solutions, Alcatel Lucent; Louise Taylor, Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing and Jason Warwick, Chief Technical Officer for Local Public Services, Capgemini



Nigel Adams MP, Joint Vice-Chairman, PITCOM

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science


This event is CPD certified


Morning, Tuesday, 13th September 2011

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


Our Website | Book Online | Live Agenda


Dear Ms Ross


I hope you won’t mind this final reminder about the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although no-one is excluded on the basis of ability to pay (see below).


The focus:

The challenges and opportunities for public and private sector organisations moving their infrastructure to the cloud, or using the cloud to deliver software, media content and advertising.



As UK government prepares to publish its Cloud Computing Strategy.

Concerns about the regulatory and technical aspects of data protection when storing and processing data remotely.

The launch of new cloud services aimed at industry and consumers.


Key discussion points:

  • The extent that cloud technology can deliver real efficiency savings for private, public and third sector organisations;
  • The prospects for cloud technologies and cloud strategies in 2011 and the companies to watch in the coming year;
  • Who is responsible for securing information stored online and – with many data centres based outside the UK – who has jurisdiction if something goes wrong?; and
  • The role of the ‘G-Cloud’ in the delivery of efficient government following the ICT Efficiency Review.



See below my signature, or click here any time for the latest version.

Organised impartially by the Westminster eForum.

CPD certified.




Andy Nelson, Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Justice; Dr Mark Ferrar, National Technology Officer, Microsoft UK; JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, and Neil Cresswell, Managing Director EMEA, Savvis.


Further confirmed speakers:

Simon Briskman, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse; Andy Burton, Chairman, Cloud Industry Forum; Ilias Chantzos, Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Symantec; Mark Hall, Deputy Chief Information Officer, HM Revenue & Customs; Barry Jennings, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird; Andy Macleod, Strategy and Policy, Public Sector, Cisco; Richard Nethercott, Managing Director of Security, Logica; Francis Ofungwu, Manager of Security Strategy, Rackspace; Dr Peter Pietzuch, Lecturer, Large-Scale Distributed Systems Group, Imperial College London; Dor Skuler, Vice President, Cloud Enablement Solutions, Alcatel Lucent; Andrew Tait, Head of UK Public Services Strategy, VMWare; Louise Taylor, Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing and Jason Warwick, Chief Technical Officer for Local Public Services, Capgemini.


Nigel Adams MP, Joint Vice-Chairman, PITCOM and Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science


Already attending:

Parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Department of Health; Department for Transport; Directgov; HM Revenue & Customs; Ministry of Justice; and UK Trade & Investment as well as representatives from 1Spatial; 2e2; Arkivum; BDO; Bell Pottinger Public Affairs; Bird & Bird; Brands2Life; brightsolid online publishing; CA Technologies; Cable&Wireless Worldwide; Canonical; Capgemini UK; Capita; Cloud Pro; CMA; Computer Weekly; DLA Piper; DMH Stallard; Eduserv; Ernst & Young; Field Fisher Waterhouse; Google UK; Herbert Smith; HighQ Solutions; HP; Huddle; Hunton & Williams; Imtech ICT UK; Index Ventures; Investor AB; IT PRO; K2 Advisory; Kreab Gavin Anderson; Link2ICT; McKesson UK; Michelmores; Microsoft; MidlandHR; Mills & Reeve; Morrison & Foerster; New Media Knowledge; Nexor; NICE Systems; NG Bailey; Redhat; Reynolds Porter Chamberlain; Rocela; SBL; Serco Home Affairs; Sidley Austin; Sift Media; Sophos; StrategyEye; Tata Consultancy Services; Timico; TLT; Toplevel Computing; Travers Smith;; UCAS; University of Warwick; Value Partners Management Consulting; White & Case and ZDNet UK.


Booking arrangements

Online booking form.


Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.


Options and charges:

  • Places at Cloud computing – security, market development and prospects for the G-Cloud (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £190 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.


Can’t attend?

  • Full transcript available approximately 7 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

Opportunity knocks for UK Cloud infosec and other start-ups: @UKTI mission to Silicon Valley offers great ops

September 6, 2011

By Rose Ross AKA @Rose_at_O

The UKTI is offering some great opportunities for some sassy UK cloud start-ups to get some flowers in their hair or more excitingly meet with leading Cloud lights such as VMware and Salesforce. Full info below.

UKTI Cloud Mission: 24 – 28 October 2011 San Francisco

Following the success of last year’s mission, UK Trade & Investment is organising a second Cloud Mission to Silicon Valley. The Cloud landscape is becoming clearer, the PaaS market continues to expand, hybrid Clouds are a reality, and enterprises and governments are planning to adopt Cloud services beyond Dev & Test and for a range of their business functions. The US market is looking for further Cloud technologies, products and services to drive adoption.

We are currently recruiting CEOs of cutting edge companies whose software deliverables might include:

     -Compliance, security, reliability, or privacy benefits which address business concerns around Cloud adoption 
     -Cloud enabling features for scaling, performance, virtualisation, storage, or middleware 
     -Real cost reductions for business users of private or hybrid Cloud architecture 
     -Analytics of Real-time / Big Data across the Cloud 

Or, is your technology part of the Cloud that powers smartphones and tablets, mobile and collaborative working?

Join UKTI’s 4 day agenda, including meetings with a selection of the following major vendors: Salesforce, Citrix, VMware, HP, IBM, plus local incubators, business environment advisers, strategists and peer companies.  Mission participants will have the opportunity to attend FailCon ( on Monday the 24th at a special UKTI 20% discounted rate. 

Places are limited for the mission, register your company today and find out more about this fantastic opportunity –HERE.  The link will take you to the EventBrite website where you will have 90 minutes to complete your application. 

Participation in the mission will require commissioning a £888
Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) through UK Trade & Investment. This service provides for overall mission programme and outlined activities. Delegates are responsible for covering the cost of their own transportation and accommodation.


Q & A with Dan Raywood, Online News Editor at SC Magazine in the UK

August 10, 2011

By @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am Online News Editor at SC Magazine, been here since September 2008

Q. Tell us a little bit about the titles you write for and their interest in data security. 

SC Magazine is the industry leading B2B title for the information security industry writing for IT security professionals. I cover daily news, blogs and opinion articles for the website and write the occasional piece for the printed magazine.

Q. What’s hot in IT security this year? 

Mobile security and management, cloud, virtualisation

Q. How many security events do you attend each year? 

Probably about ten including shows like Infosecurity Europe, IP EXPO, RSA and one off events

Q. Which one are you most looking forward to? 

Probably RSA, it is more speaker-driven than the others

Q. What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year? 

Perspectives on policy, new solutions to doing things (as we get so many stories that are doom and gloom)

Q. How many interviews do you do per week? 

Varies on the time of year, but on average I would say at least five

Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail?

Email is always the best as I do read them throughout the day, it is also the least distracting and providing you don’t need an answer immediately (which I don’t often do on the phone) I will come back to you.

Q. Who is worth listening to (about IT security)? 

Some really good vendor spokespeople like Rik Ferguson (Trend Micro), David Harley (ESET), James Lyne (Sophos), Jeremiah Grossman (White Hat Security), Chris Wysopal (Veracode), Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure) as well as too many end users and analysts to mention.

Q. What’s your favourite blog?

As a news resource with a wide range of hot topics covered, Sophos’ Naked Security is very up to date

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

Probably the Apple iPad, even though I do not own one yet.

Q. What do you think is the most important development in IT security to date? 

Intrusion detection technology, we rarely hear critical stories or opinions while DLP is crucified. Not suggesting that it is fixed, but it seems far more mature

Q. What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Keep it brief, get to the point, don’t bury your pitch at bottom of your email as we are too busy to read between the lines to find what it is you are pitching. Also if you are pitching a survey, always include details on who and how many were surveyed

Q. What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Worst? Why?

I spent two days on the beach in Cyprus with Kaspersky last year with one day of work which was interviewing researchers. The worst was a trip to Amsterdam which was in fact an office in Schiphol to be told about a new technology I had been briefed on two weeks previously.

Q. What’s your favourite restaurant?

A. Can I have more than one? I love Gaucho Grill, Roast and Indian food (Brick Lane may not be classy, but the food can be fantastic)

Q. Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

On all of the main ones, use Twitter (@danraywood) and LinkedIn for work.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you. Do you have any unusual or unexpected hobbies/interests? Do you have a claim to fame?

Not much to say really, I marked ten years in journalism at the start of this year if that is of interest to anyone?


Prepare for the Autumn – and RSA Europe 2011!

March 25, 2011

By Steve Gold (@stevewgold)

Scarcely have IT security professionals returned from what appears to have been a very entertaining RSA Conference in San Francisco than the organisers have announced they are looking for speakers at RSA Conference Europe 2011.

The event takes place this coming October, but RSA says that applications will close on April 8 – so if you want to present, it’s time to get your skates on.

Is it worth the hassle of presenting? Well, when I first started reporting on IT security full-time way back in the late 1980s, I was, I’m ashamed to admit, young and mercenary. I only presented at events where it involved my publisher or they paid a small stipend.

Twenty-five years down the turnpike, I’m older and a little wiser. These events are an incredible shop window for you, your company, and you/your firm’s services. But you need to play fair and not overtly sell your wares – it pays to “play” the event straight down the line. No vapourware, no sales and just interesting and entertaining information for your peers.

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Does your business have hidden data assets?

March 4, 2011

By Steve Gold (@stevewgold)

The Information Commissioner’s Office is holding a seminar on the opportunities and challenges around using anonymised information at the end of this month in central London.

You’re probably scratching your head and asking: why?

Well, the reason is that all manner of businesses, especially the larger ones, hold a lot of information on their customers – that’s you and me – and they rarely use this data for anything that isn’t directly to do with their businesses.

And given the scale of the Data Protection Act, not forgetting other regulatory governance such as Basel II and the Companies Act, it’s not really surprising because, as the elephant house cleaner at the zoo said: “one step wrong and you’re in deep doo-doo.”

The good news is that the information that businesses hold on their customers and dealings generally can be data mined on an anonymised basis – using suitable tools – and qualitative  “what if” database extrapolations and projections created.

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10 Rising Stars in IT Security

March 1, 2011

By Olivia Shannon (@olivia_at_o)

Congratulations to the top ten finalists in the Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2011 contest – and special congratulations to the winner, Invincea.

“The top ten participants in this year’s Innovation Sandbox represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the security industry. Invincea was judged the most innovative by our diverse panel of judges,” explained Sandra Tom LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager of the RSA Conference.

A slideshow of this year’s Innovation Sandbox is available here. The finalists, in alphabetical order, include:

  • CipherCloud – CipherCloud Cloud Gateway
    CipherCloud Cloud Gateway anonymizes data and captures user activities in the cloud. It uses functionality-preserving encryption and tokenization techniques in real-time prior to sending data to the cloud while retaining all cloud app features such as search, report and data-integration.
  • ENTERSECT – Interactive Transaction Authentication (ITA)
    ENTERSECT’s ITA module provides additional-factor, out of band, interactive authentication for any form of digital action taking place.
  • Gazzang Inc. – ezNcrypt
    ezNcrypt goes beyond unlimited encryption of MySQL databases, tables and files for large organizations with hundreds of database servers and those whose business foundation depends on the security of data, such as large healthcare and financial institutions.
  • HyTrust – HyTrust Appliance 2.1
    HyTrust Appliance is a network-based policy management solution for virtual infrastructure that provides administrative access control, hypervisor hardening, and audit-quality logging
  • Incapsula Inc – Incapsula
    Incapsula is a cloud-based service that makes websites safer, faster and more reliable. Incapsula provides websites of all sizes with capabilities that so far, have only been consumable by the very large Internet websites.
  • Invincea, Inc. – Invincea Browser and Document Protection
    Invincea Browser Protection virtual technology protects vulnerable computers against cyber malware.
  • Pawaa Software – pawaaFILE
    pawaaFILE is a patented file format that wraps around a native file and carries the usage policy along with it.
  • Quaresso – Quaresso Protect On Q (POQ)
    Protect On Q is a hardened, ephemeral browser that protects and controls browser operations and behavior to ensure that the web session and its content are protected from theft or data leakage from malware or end users.
  • Silver Tail Systems – Mitigation
    Silver Tail Systems Mitigation gives the business owner the flexibility to adjust a website’s business flows to prevent bad actors without impacting legitimate users.
  • Symplified – Symplified Trust Cloud
    The Symplified Trust Cloud™ is a unified access management and federation platform built on the Amazon EC2 cloud platform that uniquely integrates and secures SaaS, IaaS, EC2 and Web 2.0 apps.

The criteria for inclusion in the Innovation Sandbox category held that the product or service had to have been launched after March 2010, and the product was required to be demonstrated live and on-site during the Innovation Sandbox event at RSA.

Entrants had to be privately held companies with less than $5 million annual revenues, and their management teams had to have proven successes in the delivery of products to market.

But the main criterion was for nominated products to have the potential to make a significant impact on information security.

Watch this space.


Data Security Standards: Think you have PCI DSS licked? How about Solvency II? (Free BCS Meeting)

February 9, 2011

By Steve Gold, freelance business and IT journalist for over 20 years (@stevewgold)

Now that the electronic dust is settling on the PCI DSS rules and companies are getting used to the idea of regulatory compliance being part of the security landscape, it seems that Solvency II is starting to raise its head in security circles.

The good news is that the BCS is moving forward on the topic and has announced it is hosting a meeting on the evening of February 23 in London’s Covent Garden.

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