Executive Dinner for CISOs & Heads of Information Security

13  May  2019 

This is our 164th Executive Dinner for CISOs & Heads of Information Security.


The dinner will be held on Tuesday 14th of May in the Private Dining Room at the Savoy Hotel, sponsored by Digicert.




Lime marinated sea bass & langoustine ceviche
Compressed melon & cucumber, grapefruit nage & fennel
Filet of beef and braised beef short ribs 
Roasted root vegetables and shallots, pommes gratin, red wine braising jus
Berry and chocolate slice
Cocoa biscuit, raspberry sorbet, chocolate whipping cream, fresh berries
Tea, Coffee and petit fours

Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or have any special dietary requirements so that we can accommodate an alternative menu




5:30 to   6:30 Champagne Reception
6:30 to   7:00 Sponsors talk
7:00 to   8:00 1st & 2nd Course Dinner
8:00 to   8:30 Guest speaker talk
8:30 to   8:45 3rd Course
8.45 to 10:00 Debating the issues raised
            10:00 Close


Tonight’s topic


In the near future, experts such as NIST have stated that the public-key cryptography used today will be broken by large-scale quantum computers, putting privacy and security at risk. Connected devices are on the rise (30 billion by 2020), many of which will have a long life span and as such post-quantum computing (PQC) is going to be a crucial element to consider when securing them. Additionally, we have identified that securing business infrastructures against threats rooted in today’s technology is not enough; a good example of this are financial institutes with their growing user base and demand for higher security. DigiCert is finalizing its product plan to release a solution which is capable of offering RSA-ECC (hybrid) and PQC algorithms as part of a hybrid X509 certificate. This will protect web servers and IoT devices against the threat that quantum computers are going to pose. Adding PQC to our solution is part of our commitment to take care of our customers and innovate to solve future security challenges.  
As part of our investment in understanding the impact of PQC and the steps organisation’s are taking to safeguard their applications we’re building some research to establish trends, common themes and pain points . Under Chatham House Rule we’re keen to discuss the steps your IT organisation is considering with regard to mitigating the risks to your IT infrastructure and IoT landscape that PQC could bring.


About tonight’s sponsor



DigiCert is the world’s premier provider of high-assurance digital certificates—providing trusted SSL, private and managed PKI deployments, and device certificates for the emerging IoT market. Since our founding almost fifteen years ago, we’ve been driven by the idea of finding a better way. A better way to provide authentication on the internet. A better way to tailor solutions to our customer’s needs. Now, we’ve added Symantec’s experience and talent to our legacy of innovation to find a better way to lead the industry forward, and build greater trust in identity and digital interactions.


Tonight’s Speakers:


Dan Timpson
Dan Timpson was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in January 2015 after serving as DigiCert’s VP of Technology for two years. As CTO, Dan is responsible for DigiCert’s technology strategy and plays a key role in leading the security industry by driving new initiatives. At DigiCert, Dan's team is constantly working to simplify certificate management for DigiCert customers and strengthen the security of DigiCert’s products against evolving threats. Additionally, Dan contributes strategic oversight and program management to DigiCert’s products and features. 
Prior to joining DigiCert, Dan worked for Microsoft Corporation, where he managed a Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) team to evaluate the security of Microsoft software. Before that, Dan managed a team at Novell that tested identity and access management systems and their underlying PKI framework. Dan has a BS in Computer Science & Information Technology and an MBA from Westminster College.

Avesta Hojjati
Avesta Hojjati is the Head of R&D at DigiCert, where he manages advanced development of cybersecurity products. Before joining DigiCert, Avesta was part of the Symantec and Yahoo security teams, as well as operating his own cybersecurity startup. Avesta focuses on applied cryptography, blockchain, post-quantum crypto, and IoT security. Avesta earned his Masters in computer science with a focus on security from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and he’s currently completing his PhD dissertation on applications of blockchain and IoT in manufacturing.



The Pinafore Private Dining Room
The Savoy
The Strand

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