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Open Group Trusted Technology Forum (OTTF)

Objective of Meeting

The main objective of the Tuesday OTTF sessions was to continue the industry-government dialog that is so important for realizing integrity in the global supply chain. The OTTF sessions were focused on reaching out to and learning from the UK government, government agencies, and thought leaders about how they perceive the challenges of the global supply chain and to determine how we can work together to address them.


The Open Group and the OTTF sponsored a By Invitation Only Roundtable Event, which included a select group of cybersecurity leaders from government and supplier and commercial organizations who convened for a complimentary lunchtime briefing and panel discussion with subject matter experts on global supply chain and security challenges.

The topic of the Roundtable discussion was a key cybersecurity and global supply chain issue: how to maintain trust—effectively and efficiently—in the integrity of technology providers and the commercial technologies upon which much of society’s critical infrastructure depends. Sometimes also referred to as “product assurance”, this issue has moved up on governments’ agendas in response to changes in the global supply chain and security landscapes. The OTTF is addressing these issues through the creation of best practices and an accreditation program to identify trusted technology providers around the globe.

The event ran from 11:30 – 2:00 on Tuesday May 10th, and was structured as follows:

Brief opening remarks from David Lounsbury, CTO, The Open Group

11:30 – 11:45: Overview of the topic from a global perspective, Dr. Paul Cornish, Chatham House, UK

11:45 – 12:00: Overview of how the OTTF is addressing the topic, Andras Szakal, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, IBM US Federal IMT, Chair of the OTTF, and Open Group Board Member

12:00 – 12:15: Gaining Assurance in an evolving Threat Environment, presented by Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director, CESG, the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance and part of GCHQ

12:15 – 1:00: Panel
Panelists: Lord Erroll, House of Lords, with ICT interests around Information Assurance & Security
Edna Conway, Chief Security Strategist, Value Chain Management, Cisco
Dr. Paul Cornish, Chatham House
Dr. Ian Levy, CESG

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch

1:30: Closing Remarks, Allen Brown, President & CEO, The Open Group


This event was conducted as part of the OTTF Global Outreach and Acquisition Work Stream effort to begin the dialog on trusted technology in the supply chain with multiple governments.

Following the Roundtable event, the Tuesday sessions from 2:00 – 5:00 were dedicated to discussing what the members had heard from the UK government and government agencies during the Roundtable and the members began planning follow-up activities for the Roundtable constituents and activities for reaching out to other governments as well.

Next Steps

It is the OTTF’s objective to continue this dialog with the UK government, government agencies, and organizations such as Chatham House to ensure that the OTTF's industry-initiated effort can continue to gather support as a global industry-government partnership, in which the OTTF can align government acquisition requirements with the secure development and global supply chain best practices and accreditation programs that the OTTF is developing.


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