Chair of UK’s National Committee on Blockchain DLT/1

I would like to share that I’ve been elected Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology – DLT/1 supported by the BSI, the UK’s standards body.

BSI will form this committee that represents the “UK voice” into what is needed and to feed into international standards in development in the new ISO committee.  Committee should represent all the relevant stakeholders (academia, government, trade associations, SMEs, etc).

It’s been quite a start for 2017, moving back to London in July after 2.5 years in Australia. While in Australia, in April 2016 I authored the following proposal to create an ISO Standard for Blockchain with the help of Standards Australia .

ISO TSP 258 (Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies)

The vote took place at ISO in October with the following countries endorsing the proposal and Australia being appointed the Secretariat of the technical committed (TC307). Each country will form its own national committee and send representatives to the ISO Technical Committee (TC307).

Participating Countries:

Observing countries:

We had the first meeting in November at TechUK to explain more about standards, stakeholder groupings and get some initial perspectives in what standards are needed.

There will be a second meeting on the 7th February where we will continue the standards discussion and aim to ensure members are representing a particular stakeholder group.

The ISO kick off meeting will be held on the 3-5th April 2017 in Sydney.

There is much work to be done in this space and I look forward to working on this initiative. I will provide updates on progress and the thinking on this blog.

If you have a keen interest to be involved in DLT/1, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Emelie Bratt from the BSI on emelie.bratt@bsigroup.com.

2017 Resolution to start blogging

After a very long time from blogging, since 2012, I’ve made it a priority to start sharing my thoughts and work more frequently. Going to cover topics around Cybersecurity, AI and Blockchain.

Really seeing a convergence of the 3 areas this year.

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Ron Knode 1946-2012

I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Ron over the weekend.

 

Ron was an industry veteran who has done it all in Security. He started out in the Navy, then moved into Intelligence, Research and eventually joined CSC in 1986.

Later on in his career, he lead security initiatives in CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a think tank organisation looking at up and coming challenges and trends in Security.

Ron talked about Cloud Computing before the industry knew what it was

Ron wrote about topics that we are working on now

His career lead him to also give back to the community by teaching at Towson University as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

He also helped shape the Cloud Security Alliance being part of the leadership team and the co chair of the CSA governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) stack initiative and the CloudTrust Protocol (CTP) initiative.

On a personal note, Ron was my mentor. Every career move, idea and big decision, I ran by him. He always had the best advice and it was comforting to be able to entrust your thoughts with someone with so much experience, wisdom and knowledge.

Working with him in the US, UK and virtually for many years on a number of different projects I got to know him quite well. He was a truly wonderful person.

Thank you Ron for your friendship and wisdom. You will be missed.