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IoT Security Foundation Plenary 2024

This open plenary session follows the progress of the IoTSF Working Group Projects, features industry speakers, wider IoTSF operations and partnership updates as well as ample networking breaks.

This event is FREE for both IoTSF members and non-members.

The IoTSF Plenary returns this July and we have some fantastic topics to discuss.

One Birdcage Walk is a prestigious venue in the heart of London, near Sir Winston Churchill’s War Rooms and St James’ Park. This will be a significant follow up to the recent TechWorks AI meeting at Bletchley Park.

We will hear the very latest updates from the leaders of the IoTSF working groups in our own campaign to secure the internet of things in 2024 and beyond.
Our battle is no less daunting than the one faced 80 years ago. If anything, we face more complex enemies, but with the brilliant minds and determination of the IoTSF, we can achieve great things.

First, we’ll hear from John Moor and Chris Bennison as they outline the work of IoTSF in line with International Govt strategies and new chapters. Second, Chris will highlight the new Regulatory Watch group’s guideline for member’s on the PSTI Act and the importance of the Cyber Resilience Act with a panel discussion.

After some coffee and valuable networking, Ian Pearson and leaders from the Assurance Framework will address how manufacturers can optimise their security capabilities by utilising its requirements.

This will be followed by a panel led by Sarb Sembhi, from the Smart Built Environment Group discussing a new IoTSF procurement guide. It will look at the topic from the perspective of procurement professionals and relevant stakeholders in IoT Cybersecurity in sustainable buildings.

After lunch we will hear the very latest news on our UKRI Digital Security by Design Project, CHERI Morello and how the TechWorks community has impacted it.

Dr. Nick Allott and Professor Andrew Martin, will showcase how CHERI can make a real difference in Gateways, the very heart of many networks. If we can make this happen, all the other systems will be more resilient. This includes the significant work of many of our members in the latest NIST Trusted IoT onboarding project.

Last, but not least, Haydn Povey will introduce the TechWorks Global Marketing Strategy Report for CHERI based Router + Connected Device Infrastructure. Haydn brings a wealth of experience in the global semi-conductor industry.

Join us to be a part of this digital war effort!

Time Content
09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome
10:10 Regulatory  Watch: Stephen Pattison,  Prof. Paul Kearney and Paul Phillips will take part in a panel discussion entitled ‘The regulators are coming to get you!
10:50 Break
11:10 Assurance Framework: Hear from Trevor Hall and Ian Pearson on how the group has a major new approach with the aim of reaching a new audience.
11:50 Achieving Building Sustainability Compliance and Resilience through Procurement: Smart Built Environment – Panel: Sarb Sembhi, CTO, CISO Virtually Informed, Mo Ahddoud CISO Chameleon Cyber Consultants), Jason Shaw Associate Director, Security, Technology Engineering, AECOM, and James Willison (IoTSF)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 The Digital Security by Design Challenge: SNbD/NIST/CHERI: Dr Nick Allott, CEO NquiringMinds, and Prof Andrew Martin, University of Oxford
14:40 Break
15:00 Global Marketing Strategy Report for CHERI based Router + Connected Device Infrastructure with Q&A : Led by Haydn Povey, SCI, with Nick Allott.
15:45 Valedictory



Sarb Sembhi

CTO, CISO Virtually Informed

Sarb is the CTO at Virtually Informed and was the Global CISO for AirEye and the Noord Group. He has previous worked as a consultant covering most issues in risk and security. Sarb’s contributions to the industry include the Executive Steering Board of the IoT Security Foundation.

Other contributions include: Past President of the ISACA London Chapter, Chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, Chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member, InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several Security Standards Groups, and continues to write for several publications and speak at risk and security events around the world.

Mo Ahddoud CISM

Chief Information Security Officer, Chameleon Cyber Consultants

Mo is an active contributor to the cybersecurity industry. He writes regularly in the international security journal. He is an ISACA EU Advisory Taskforce member contributing to the European Commission amendment to the Cyber Security Act.

Mo was recognised in 2017 by the British Computer Society for Security programme of the year. In 2018, he was recognised as a cyber security innovator at the CA awards in Las Vegas. His recent interests include AI and Smart Cities.

Jason Shaw

Associate Director, Security, Technology Engineering, AECOM

Jason Shaw is a security technology specialist and Chartered IT Professional with over 30 years of experience gained within the information technology and integrated electronic security industry. He has provided a range of physical, electronic and cyber security consulting services for numerous clients and projects within the built environment throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. My particular interest is OT and IoT centric solutions within the smart built environment, the cyber security risks posed to information assets, and the development of cyber security strategies to reduce and manage these risks.

He is a member and contributor to a specialist Smart Built Environment workgroup within the IoT Security Foundation, an organisation formed to develop key security initiatives relating to the vulnerabilities Smart Buildings inherently have. Additionally, he is a member of the BCS, ISACA, Institution of Engineering and Technology, ASIS International and The Security Institute.

Specialities: Security Masterplanning – Project Management – Information Security – Cyber Security & Cyber Risk Management – Smart Buildings – Cyber Security Strategies for IoT, CPS & ICS Solutions – Security Technology Engineering – Physical Cyber Convergence – Security Integration – Electronic Security Systems Design.

James Willison

Project and Engagement Manager, IoT Security Foundation

James Willison is Project and Engagement Manager at the Internet of Things Security Foundation and a recognised International leader in Security Convergence and Enterprise Security Risk Management.

James is proud to be a member of the Eric Liddell Community. Named #8 Cyber Security Professional IFSEC Global Influencers Security and Fire 2020. James is delighted to support the Kindness Games and has joined TKG Alumni! James is a judge for the 2022 IFSEC Global Influencers. Shortlisted in Security Serious Unsung Security Heroes Awards 2018 as a Security Leader/mentor. He is a reseller of Kaseware, an innovative cyber physical investigative tool. James is Co-Chair, Smart Built Environment Working Group, Internet of Things Security Foundation and a member of ASIS International, ISACA and the Security Institute. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an ‘outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011’ for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum. He has more than 20 years of management experience in the physical and information security industry, including posts as Advisor on Convergence to the Mitie TSM Board, Senior lecturer in Security Management at Loughborough University and Digital Security Expert with the European Union. He has co-authored three White Papers on ESRM, SMART GDPR Assurance for a Smarter world and Smart Buildings and Cities Security with his colleague and fellow convergence expert, Sarb Sembhi, sponsored by AXIS Communications and published by Unified Security Ltd. He has helped develop and build partnerships and relationships in numerous projects between security professionals including writing new content in published International Standards. He regularly writes articles for IFSEC Global and is an established speaker at International security conferences.

Nick Allott

CEO, NquiringMinds

Nick is CEO of NquiringMinds, an AI analytics company founded on robust cyber security principles. He has been developing and deploying AI technologies for almost 30 years, and is a recognised cyber security expert.

Nick was formally, CTO of OMTP, a security focussed, international mobile standards organisation responsible for many technologies now widely deployed. Significant among OMTP deliveries, is the Trusted Execution Environment, (TEE) the security core of most CPUs and SIM technology. TEEs now ship a the rate of 1 billion per year. Nick is also a Director of the Webinos Open Source Foundation: a collaborative initiative for secure IOT interaction based on PKI.
For Shell, Nick helped develop their data mining products (later acquired by Accenture). And as Technology Director for Motorola, Nick had responsibility for their speech recognition and voice Personal Assistant products. Nick Joined start-up Fastmobile (multimodal speech recognition) as their CTO in 2000 until their acquisition by RIM. His first full time job was developing neural networks for Neural Computer Sciences, followed by a stint at the part Microsoft owned Dorling Kindersley Multimedia, where he worked on search technology and 3D graphics platforms.

NquiringMinds was selected by DCMS to develop an innovative, secure data sharing platform for Smart Cities, which forms the basis of the current product line. Nick has advised the UK Government on the Secure by Default Program and was among a handful of technology CEOs selected by, the then Prime Minister, Theresa May, to accompany on her first trade mission to India. Nick is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Analysts and Programmers and the Royal Society of Arts.

Nick has a degree in Cognitive Science, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is a Visiting Professor and the University of Southampton.

Prof Andrew Martin

Professor of Systems Security, Department of Computer Science , University of Oxford

Andrew Martin is Professor of Systems Security in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. His main interest is in how hardware-software co-design can enhance the security of networked distributed systems. He has also led a range of cross-disciplinary efforts across the University and beyond – with a particular interest in how human factors can enhance or confound the best security technologies. He thinks that the key to progress is strong rigorous foundations, mixed with a great degree of pragmatism.

Haydn Povey

CEO & Founder, SCI Semiconductor Ltd

Haydn is the Founder & CEO of SCI Semiconductor, a company focused on developing and delivering next generation security IP and devices. The company is a leading advocate of CHERI technology, with its ability to resolve over 70% of critical vulnerabilities through enhance Memory Safe technology, compartmentalisation, and integrated component management. The company works closely with governmental and commercial entities to introduce CHERI technology and to solve many of the biggest issues in critical infrastructure and industry today.

Haydn has been in senior management at leading global technology companies for over 30 years, including as Chief Strategy Officer at IAR, through the successful acquisition of Secure Thingz Ltd. He additionally held senior marketing and business development roles at ARM Holdings, the leading Microprocessor IP (Intellectual Property) company. Haydn headed ARMs strategy and product roadmaps for Security within IoT and M2M marketplaces where he worked with critical groups within the US and UK government responsible for the development and deployment of security frameworks, alongside many leading silicon vendors, OEMs and system integrators and software solutions.

Previously Haydn was Director Security Products & Technologies within the ARM Processor Division where he owned a broad array of products including TrustZone, which delivers security foundations in the majority of global mobiles and tablets, and SecurCore, which is the foundations for the majority of 32-bit SmartCards and SIMS. Prior to owning security at ARM Haydn led the development and introduction of the Cortex-M microprocessor family which has led to the rapid adoption of 32-bit microcontroller technology around the globe and underpins the majority of Internet of Things devices.

Dr Stephen Pattison

Chairman, IoT Security Foundation

Stephen was responsible for ARM’s Public Affairs, including contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His focus was London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security. He also oversees ARM’s Corporate Responsibility Programme.

Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues. Before that he worked for James Dyson (Vacuum cleaners etc) as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets. He was once a British Diplomat and worked at the British Embassy in Washington, and on UN issues in London, New York and Geneva.

Stephen has a Master’s Degree from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate from Oxford. In 2003-4 he spent a year at Harvard as Fellow in International Affairs at the Weatherhead Center.

Prof. Paul Kearney

Cybersecurity Consultant and retired Professor of Cybersecurity, Birmingham City University

Paul Kearney has recently retired from the position of Professor of Cybersecurity at Birmingham City University. Previously, he worked in R&D roles for British Aerospace, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, and British Telecommunications. He retains an active interest in cybersecurity research, undertaking freelance consultancy, contributing to activities of the IoT Security Foundation, acting as an expert evaluator and reviewer for research programmes and serving on the advisory boards of research projects. He holds a BSc from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from the University of Durham, both in theoretical physics and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security.

Ian Pearson

Principle Embedded Solutions Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc.

Ian Pearson is a Principal Embedded Solutions Engineer at Microchip Technology Inc. currently focussed on FPGA, Security and IoT applications. He is active on the IoTSF Assurance Framework, Supply Chain and Many Secured working groups.

Trevor Hall

Director of Systems Engineering, Synaptics Inc.

• Multidisciplinary “Expert team” management
• Embedded Systems Expert
• Facilitator for requirements analysis, planning and problem solving
• Future Trends / Disruptions Analysis
• Hardware/Software co-design advocate
• Systems on Chip Architecture recommendations and definition
• System Platform creation
• Active in UK Universities liaison
• Chair of IoT Security Foundation Working Group 1 – Framework Document

Chartered Engineer CEng
BSc (Eng)

Specialties: Managing Innovation teams, SoC architectures, embedded software and hardware including real-time Operating Systems, Embedded Linux, RISC CPUs (MIPS,ARM) ,Technical trend analysis, University networking, Research Liaison

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