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High Expectations: Our Systems Are Like (or Could Be Like) Airplanes


The information technology industry and the aviation industry have many common characteristics: Both are about the same age, both have enjoyed explosive growth, both serve a mix of uses, both a complex combination of people, processes and technology, and both are essential to our way of life. Can we as information security practitioners learn from the aviation industry to help us better manage our environments?

This session reviews the risk management and defect elimination processes and procedures that are common within the aviation industry and which have helped it increase the safety and reliability of aviation and explores how we can adapt them to our environments. 


Stream: Keynote
Room: Bentleys
Time: 17:45 - 18:30


  • Mark Nelson at IBM USA
  • Mark Nelson, CISSP®, CSSLP® is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM's z/OS® Security Server Design and Development Team in Poughkeepsie NY, where he has spent the past 32 years working on RACF®. Mark's focus with RACF has been on auditing and data analysis (IRRDBU00, IRRADU00, RACFICE), RACF's Health Checks, RACF/DB2, and RACF's support for digital certificates.

    Mark is an active speaker on RACF, having spoken to user groups and IBM field representatives on four continents, and has received several SHARE "Best Session" awards, six-and-a-half "Top Gun/Best Session" awards from the Vanguard Enterprise Security Expo, three GSE "Best Vendor Session" awards, and was the 1999 recipient of the Vanguard "Chairman's Award".

    Mark is a co-author of the book "Mainframe Security for Security Experts: A Introduction to RACF", has helped write several Redbooks, and has published articles in NaSPA's Technical Support, z/Journal, and IBM's Hot Topics. Mark is the director of the Mid-Hudson Valley IBM Club Chorus and a private pilot. Mark is also a world record holder in the "Hokey Pokey".



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