Coming soon – the 2011 Key Management Summit

It looks like the 2011 Key Management Summit is starting to get organized. I attended the last two of these events and found them both to be fairly good events. From what I've heard, this year's event will focus on the real-world key management issues that users of encryption are facing as well as how well existing solutions address these problems.

This year's event will be at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Monterey, California, which will probably be better than the previous two locations. The first KMS was held in Baltimore, Maryland, which seemed to not work for many people. The second KMS was held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, which seemed to be much more popular, although it was certainly more difficult to get to. Monterey will almost certainly be more popular than Baltimore was, and it's a fairly short drive from either the San Jose or San Francisco airports. 

 In addition to focusing more on real-world solutions this year, this year will also be the first time that the KMS isn't held with IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies. That's probably a good change. A couple of years ago, most of the serious interest in key management was from storage vendors who were keenly interested in a standard for managing the keys that are used to encrypt data in storage. Since then there's been lots of interest in key management from other technology vendors, and the separation of the KMS from MSST seems to reflect this change.

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