“This the year of identity and security,” explained the Chair of EEMA, Jon Shamah in his opening address to delegates at ISSE 2016, which this year took place in Paris. “ISSE is more relevant this year than any other. Identity and specifically digital ID has taken centre stage, the popular press are covering ID theft, scams, phishing stories every day.”
The words of Mr Shamah were echoed by Bernard Ourghanlian from Microsoft France, who elaborated that: “ID is becoming more and more important in our cloud and mobile environments.” Mr Ourghanlian’s colleague, Kim Cameron shed light on the issues, as well as cause for optimism: “If you take a step back and look at the identity infrastructure on the Internet it is a hodgepodge, built by people who didn’t understand the threats, privacy, crypto. It is a mess we have inherited.” He added: “The positive is that the CEO has begun to understand the costs, regulation has been introduced and we are now in the cloud era where it is possible to harness the power of the cloud to tackle the problems of amateurism on the Internet.”
ISSE was also the ideal platform for EEMA to make several significant announcements including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanatara Initiative, that will enable member collaboration and knowledge sharing by bringing together the complementary strengths that each organisation has developed for the betterment of the Digital Economy. EEMA also provided an up-date on the progress of the European Trust Foundation (announced earlier this year at Trust in the Digital World) and had the pleasure of presenting Microsoft’s Ronny Bjones with the EEMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
During the two-day education programme, keynotes (including entertaining and informative presentations from Dave Birch and ‘XML Girl’ Eve Maler) and seminars were hosted along with a first for ISSE, a session of roundtable debates where the agendas were set on the day by delegates. EEMA also hosted track sessions for a number of EU-funded projects it is actively engaged in – Cloud for Europe, FutureTrust and LIGHTest. For those unable to be in Paris, media representing publications including ComputerWeekly, Infosecurity Magazine and SC Magazine shared the headlines, whilst ISSE 2016 was the most social media friendly EEMA event to-date.
As Jon Shamah concludes: “One of the goals of ISSE is for everyone to learn something new. To encourage people to take a wider view and look outside of their own specific silo or sector and from the feedback we have received, we certainly believe that this ambition was achieved in Paris.”
We look forward to seeing everyone at future EEMA events and at ISSE 2017. The final word goes to one of our delegates who shared these kind words: “This was a first time ISSE for me and the most interesting and valuable security conference I have ever been to. I hope to make it next year, if not as a speaker then certainly as attendee.”
Download in pdf ISSE 2016 – overview