Association Campaigns and Collaborates to Drive e-Identity, Privacy, Trust and Security Advances Across Europe
BRUSSELS, 18th DECEMBER 2015 – EEMA, the European association for e-identity and security today concluded its 2015 programme of events, marking one of the most successful since it was established in 1987. Highlights of the year included three major international conferences and a new High Level Fireside Briefings series, as well as collaboration with industry and government, focusing on the development of electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS) in the drive towards a European Digital Single Market.
The year began with EEMA once again working with Trust in Digital Life (TDL) to run a two-day Trust in the Digital World conference in Madrid, in association with INCIBE – the Spanish national cyber security institute.
In July, EEMA launched its hugely successful series of High-Level Fireside Briefings, with four taking place in London, in partnership with ATOS, and a further two in Brussels (the next CIO/CSO debate takes place in Brussels on 17th December entitled Advanced Persistent Attacks – Anything I should worry about?).
Chairman of EEMA, Jon Shamah comments: “We have introduced this intimate series of briefings / debates to provide our members with unparalleled insight in to the issues affecting their organisations, giving them direct access to the opinion-formers and policy-maker themselves.” He adds: “In addition to our comprehensive programme of events, EEMA has also been extremely active in its support of the European Commission (EC) in driving education and awareness for eIDAS.”
A key milestone in EEMA’s eIDAS activity took place on Friday 5th June, when it collaborated with the EC to host a major one-day conference entitled ‘eID: The business case for the banking and finance community’, at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills in London.
A delegate at the event commented: “There is a significant potential demand for the use of EU eIDs as a vehicle to allow non UK citizens to assert their identity to UK & non UK private sector relying parties, whether they live in the UK or in their home country. What is frustrating, is the apparent inability to allow this to happen. He added: “Any help that EEMA can provide to rectify this would be most welcome.” This help was published on 1st December when EEMA put forward its recommendations to the EC, to assist in the drive towards a European Digital Single Market.
EEMA’s 28th two-day annual conference took place in the Summer at CA Technologies, where it joined OASIS to focus on Building Trust in a HyperConnected World. In November, EEMA and TeleTrust hosted the sixteenth annual ISSE (Information Security Solutions Europe) conference and exhibition, where it co-located with the Open Identity Summit, welcoming more than 250 delegate to the Palace Hotel in Berlin.
Looking to EEMA’s 2016 programme of events the association will host its first High Level Fireside Briefing of the year in London entitled ‘Cyber Warfare – the softer targets – public, private and civilian casualties’ in February. It first major conference Trust in a Digital World will take place in The Hague on the 15th and 16th June and EEMA is also proud to announce that its annual ISSE conference and exhibition will take place in Paris in November.
Shamah concludes: “This year has been one of the most active and productive in EEMA’s long history and 2016 will build on this success with an even more comprehensive programme of events and increasing our membership.” One such new member in 2015 was Signicat and Senior Development Architect, John Erik Setsaas, comments: “It is important for us to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in our field and I know of no other European based trade organisations with the same scope and agenda as EEMA.”