TASK – November

Location: University of Toronto, Health Science Building, Room 610
155 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 3M7

Date/Time:Wednesday, 24 November 2010 / 6:00 PM, EST

Talk #1: DNSSEC – Solving Real Security Problems (Dr. Phillip Hallam-Baker, Comodo)

DNSSEC has many shortcomings compared to the deployed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), but has the unique capability of allowing a security policy to be specified for an Internet domain name. Correctly applied, DNSSEC makes it possible for every Internet communication to automatically take place at the highest level of security available.  Use of DNSSEC and traditional PKI in combination enables a transition to default deny networking in which security and authentication are ubiquitous rather than the rare exception.

There are plenty of people talking about how to deploy DNSSEC and the security it brings to the DNS, but none of that actually matters. What people need to know is how DNSSEC can reduce the number of their customers who fall for phishing attacks or ensure that every email communication is properly encrypted.  This is the talk where they will find out the real point of DNSSEC and how it can be applied to solve their real security problems.


Dr. Phillip Hallam-Baker is vice president and principal scientist at Comodo with responsibility to spearhead Web security and software development in Americas.  Joining Comodo from VeriSign, Dr. Hallam-Baker brings 18 years experience in Web security with the past 12 years spent as principal scientist at VeriSign. He has worked on Web security since 1992, when he worked with the world-renowned Tim Berners-Lee at CERN.
While at VeriSign, Dr. Hallam-Baker served as principal scientist playing an important role in product development and training. He was a key technical contributor on numerous patents and co-inventor of protocols and was recognized for his industry leadership standards. Prior to VeriSign, he was a research scientist at MIT Laboratory for Computer Science where he developed the security plan that enabled the deployment of technology developed at MIT as part of the whitehouse.gov Internet presence run by the Executive office of the President. Prior to MIT, he served as European Union fellow at CERN where he made early contributions to the design of the World Wide Web.
Dr. Hallam-Baker earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Oxford and his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of Southampton in England.

Talk #2: Cloud Security – Where is the Wind Blowing? (Mr. Arasaratnam, IBM)

Mr. Arasaratnam will be taking about effective and secure cloud computing from an enterprise perspective. As an acknowledge researcher in the field, he will not only be talking about the current state, but upcoming technologies that will impact how organizations are using cloud computing.


Mr. Arasaratnam is an accomplished Senior Security Architect with IBM Canada. He has held a variety of roles during his 12 year career at IBM, including leading worldwide projects. He is a member of the IBM Security Architecture Board, the IBM Cloud Computing Security Architecture Board and co-leads the “Security for the Cloud and SOA” project, a joint venture between the Cloud and SOA working groups as well as the Security forum at the Open Group. He is also a member of the JTC1/SC38 ISO study group on Cloud Computing. Mr. Arasaratnam currently leads an IBM Academy study regarding securing Cloud computing and is the Canadian lead for Cloud Security. Mr. Arasaratnam is also an accomplished author and technical editor of several IBM, John Wiley and O’Reilly publications. He also has several pending patents in the area of information technology.

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