Annual ACCU Security Fundraising Conference
6 Nov 2010 [ Start time : 8:30, end time : 18:00 ]
In aid of the Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing


November 6th 2010 at Bletchley Park

Each year the ACCU organises a one day conference on security to raise money for the Bletchley Park Trust, the body which runs Bletchley Park, the World War II UK cryptography centre where the legendary German 'Enigma' code was first cracked, and for The National Museum of Computing, also housed at Bletchley Park.
The four speakers at this year's conference have now been confirmed, and they are Bruce Schneier, Whitfield Diffie, Andy Clark and David Khan, all well known figures to those in the programming and security industries.

Bruce Schneier is one of the few people in the security industry whose name is familiar to those outside. A cryptographer and computer security specialist, he is the author of 'Applied Cryptography' one of the standard texts used by progammers working to secure the programs they build. He writes a regular, popular, newsletter, 'Crypto-Gram,' which not only explains the issues in layman's terms, but also alerts readers to new and ongoing security problems. He is currently the founder and chief technology officer of BT Counterpane. His personal web site is

Whitfield Diffie is a Cryptographer and a pioneer of public-key cryptography. Together with Martin Hellman he developed the widely used Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol, which allows cryptograghic keys to be exchanged safely - one of the fundamental problems of cryptography. He was, until recently, Chief Security Officer at Sun Microsystems, and is currently Vice President for Information Security and Cryptography at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). We were unable to locate a personal web site for Whitfield Diffie - perhaps we shouldn't be surprised!

Andy Clark is an internationally recognised expert on information security and cryptography. He has worked in the field for 25 years and is currently Head of Forensics at Detica. He is a Past President and now a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and a Director and Trustee of The National Museum of Computing.
David Kahn is an American historian of intelligence.  His best known books are The Codebreakers, the first serious history of cryptology, and Seizing the Enigma, the story of how the Royal Navy stole documents from German weather ships to enable Bletchley Park to read naval Enigma.
Last year's speakers were Dr Tony Sale, leader of the team that reconstructed the original code-cracking Colossus machine, Phil Zimmermann of Pretty Good Privacy fame, and author Simon Singh.        

All the proceeds from this conference will go to the Bletchley Park Trust and the National Museum of Computing to help with the upkeep of the Bletchley Park site, and to help defray the costs of the Museum.

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Editor’s Information

•    To attend the conference, the cost per delegate will be £100 for non-ACCU members £85 for ACCU members and registration is available here

•    The Organiser and Sponsor of the conference is ACCU, a voluntary non-profit organisation of programmers who care about professionalism in programming and are dedicated to raising the standard of programming.

•    The Bletchley Park Trust seeks to preserve the National Codes Centre at Bletchley Park, home of the UK's World War II code cracking experts, and site of the world's first programmable computer, Colossus.

•    The National Museum of Computing is a trust dedicated to showing the development of computing in its broadest sense from the pioneering war time efforts that resulted in Colossus, to the products and systems we use today.

•    Events management is provided courtesy of Archer Yates Associates, specialists in event and conference management.

•    Press contact Kelsey Griffin, 01908 272665