After a one year absence for the organisation of ESORICS 2013 the Information security Group (ISG) Smart Card Centre (SCC) Open Day Exhibition made an impressive return to celebrate its 12th Anniversary. There were 12 industry/government exhibitors and a record number of SCC student exhibitors (9 PhD, 14 MSc).
The event prizes went to Rowena Harrison for her MSc project investigating obfuscation and mobile app reverse engineering and to CESG for its display on lightweight cryptography solutions.
There were a number of short industry/government presentations and a guest lecture that highlighted the real world relevance of the SCC research area and training activities. This theme was echoed by the College Principal, Professor Paul Layzell in his opening address, which emphasised the ISG’s pivotal role in “filling industry’s needs”.
The event was supported by the current SCC sponsors; Transport for London, the UK Cards Association, Visa and ITSO as well as the event sponsors; Comprion, Cubic, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), Infineon and the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Invited presentations were from Vodafone (Steve Babbage), MasterCard (Dave Roberts), MAOSCO (Chris Torr) and CESG. The guest lecture was from G&D (Klaus Vedder).
Quote from Professor Keith Mayes, Director of the ISG Smart Card Centre:
“The SCC Open Day was a great success and I was very pleased to see so much active participation. The principle of combining SCC students with industry and government in this event as well as the underlying research projects and internships is as relevant today as it was 12 years ago. These days the projects are less often about traditional smart cards and more about other forms of embedded and implementation security. The student exhibitors covered topics including smart phones, Near Field Communication, Smart Tickets, RFIDs, the Internet of Things, Trusted Execution Environments, Host Card Emulation, as well as overall application/system security solutions and attacks against them. The future may not be as secure as we all would like, but it will certainly not be dull in the SCC!”