Ronny Bjones spent 30 years of his career advancing IT security and identity management EEMA, an independent not for profit, European think tank focussing on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things and mobile applications, has presented Ronny Bjones with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Extensive work experience Every year at the ISSE conference, EEMA bestows its highest accolade on one individual that has made a significant and lasting contribution to IT security. This year at ISSE 2016 in Paris, the 30-year career of Ronny Bjones was recognised. Currently the Director of Cloud Identity & Privacy Services at Microsoft Corporate, Belgium, Ronny joined the company in 2002 to become its EMEA security lead and more recently he kicked-off the design and development of Azure Active Directory B2C – a cloud-based consumer identity and access management service capable of managing billions of authentications. He is also the author of several books including the Implementation of Electronic Signatures and Best Practice for Applications Using the Electronic Identity Card. Upon receiving the award, Ronny Bjones commented: “I am very honoured to receive this award from EEMA. I’ve been collaborating with EEMA for about 25 years providing me fantastic memories and friends.” Contribution to IT security The award was presented by the Chair of EEMA, Jon Shamah, who stated: “Throughout his career Ronny has made a huge contribution to our industry, through a combination of hard-work, innovation and commitment to education and knowledge sharing. We are very proud of his close association with EEMA and we are delighted to honour him with this much-deserved award.” Former recipients of the EEMA Lifetime Achievement Award include Andrea Servida, European Commission; Kim Cameron, Microsoft; Roger Dean, Founder of EEMA; and Reinhard Posch, Austrian Federal Government.
The leading European think tank welcomes David Birch and Tony Fish, renowned digital identity experts EEMA, the leading independent European think tank focusing on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things and mobile applications, today announced that David Birch and Tony Fish have been co-opted to its board of directors. About David Birch David Birch is an internationally recognised thought leader in the fields of digital identity and digital money. He is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Surrey Business School. David has also been recognised in the “Power 50” in European digital financial services and a NextBank Fintech “titan”. About Tony Fish Founder of AMF Ventures, Tony Fish specialises in digital trends, digital identity, trust, privacy, private, digital footprint, controls, governance, reputation, intention, personal data and creating value. In a career spanning 25 years he has authored three published books and spoken at over 200 events and conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital trends and early stage growth. The role of EEMA Commenting on his appointment to the EEMA board, Tony Fish states: “Neither companies nor governments are good custodians of data, identity or identification, so there is a need for an independently led conversation on strategy and the implications, which EEMA provides.” The new appointments join an EEMA board of Directors comprising: Jon Shamah, EJ Consultants Rick Chandler, Advanced Office Systems Robert Garskamp, IDentity.Next Stuart McRae, IBM Erik R van Zuuren, TrustCore Ronny Bjones, Microsoft Steve Glagow, DeveloperProgram.com Ulf Linnarsson, Volvo Sinisha Patkovic, Blackberry Lorraine Spector, LS Consultants Board of industry leaders Chair of EEMA, Jon Shamah, states: “We are very pleased to welcome two world-renowned experts in the world of digital identity, as the latest additions to the EEMA board. Our remit is to educate and inform our network of members regarding the latest developments, technologies and innovations. Having a board that boasts some of the industry’s leading lights, not just in Europe but globally, is essential for us to succeed in this mission.” Next month, EEMA is joining TDL (Trust in Digital Life) and IDnext to host the 4th annual Trust in the Digital World. The event is Europe’s leading independent interdisciplinary, unbiased conference and this year takes place on the 15th and 16th June in The Hague. It will address the business impact of disruptive technologies, focussing on European public and private trust related cybersecurity, privacy, identity and cloud.