Thursday, November 6, 2008

Seamless Security in 4th Regional Security Forum

The 4th Regional Electronic Security Forum was held on 6th and 7th November 2008, at Thessaloniki, Greece. Organised by INA Telecommunication Academy, the conference brought together experts and governmental officials from Greece and neighboring countries.
The main topic of the conference was electronic governance security. Prof. Gritzalis from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) chaired the session on eGovernment Security, presenting the recent recommendations of the Security Committee of the Greek eGovernment Forum. Yannis Charalabidis presented a new idea on "Seamless Security" - the way to make digital public services secure and user-fiendly. Ray Nightingale from the Global Trust Centre gave new ways for achieving trust and security in eGovernance.
"Seamless Security" is emerging as a need, as more and more measures are affecting and generating significant costs for the final users. Through the eGOVSIM tool (a simulator for eGovernment Services from NTUA), important indicators on security burdens have been calculated and showcased. The model shows that, over the next 30 years, a typical, employed, ICT user - citizen will: –Obtain 100 different sets of authentication credentials, mostly electronic –Sign 10,000 times, on different documents, currently mostly manually – gradually shifting to electronically – Use his/her credentials not less than 100,000 times, mostly by inserting data into systems –Rely on his/her own means for storing, accessing and reproducing documents (more than 1,000 of which will have to be stored, many of which in paper) More on the presentation can be found here: