Wireless Networks - Fit for Purpose?

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 15 February 2007, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Richard Allan, Head of Government Affairs UK and Ireland, CISCO


Mobility is one of the buzz-words of the moment for what people want from technology. Wireless solutions are seen to bring great benefits both at home and in the workplace. With the increased deployment of this technology stories about security fears with it have become common.

This talk will describe the measures that have been incorporated into wireless LAN technology to ensure that it does offer the required levels of security. It will cover the architectural and policy aspects of security as well as the specifics of the technologies that can now be deployed.


Richard Allan is Head of Government Affairs for CISCO Systems in the UK and Ireland. He is responsible for a wide range of policy and regulatory issues within the UK and Ireland, as well as being part of the wider CISCO Global Policy and Government Affairs team. Richard leads the team within Europe and contributes to CISCO's global policy thought leadership. Richard joined CISCO in September 2005.

Immediately prior to joining CISCO Systems, Richard was an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute. Between 1997 and 2005, Richard was a member of the House of Commons representing the Sheffield Hallam constituency. During his time in Parliament Richard specialised in information technology issues. He was a leading spokesman on legislation including the Data Protection Act, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and Communications Act. He chaired the House of Commons Information Select Committee from 1997 to 2001. And he was a member of several other Select Committees including serving on the Public Accounts Committee between 2003 and 2005.

Prior to entering Parliament Richard had worked between 1991 and 1997 as an information technology professional designing and implementing information systems within the National Health Service. This followed several positions working as a field archaeologist in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Ecuador. Richard has a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Information Technology.