Introduction to the PKCS #11 v2.40 Candidate OASIS Standards

Learn before you vote!  In this 30-minute, high-level overview, members of the OASIS PKCS 11 TC will explain the vital role PKCS #11 plays in the security landscape and make the case for why these specifications deserve to be approved as OASIS Standards. 

PKCS #11 v2.40 enhances the widely adopted cryptographic key management standard with added support for mobile and cloud computing and wireless/sensor applications using near field communication (NFC), RFID, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Four years in development at OASIS, v2.40 is the first revision since the draft PKCS #11 v2.30 documents were published by RSA in 2009.

View the webinar to learn about what's new with PKCS #11 is and why it's important. 

Background materials:
The OASIS PKCS 11 Technical Committee develops enhancements to improve the PKCS #11 standard for ease of use in code libraries, open source applications, wrappers, and enterprise/COTS products: implementation guidelines, usage tutorials, test scenarios and test suites, interoperability testing, coordination of functional testing, development of conformance profiles, and providing reference implementations.

Speaker profiles:
  Dr. Robert W. Griffin is Chief Security Architect at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, where he is responsible for technical architecture and standards. He is particularly active in RSA’s initiatives to address the challenges of new threats and new models for IT. This includes such areas as security architectures for cloud computing, embedded security capabilities for virtualized infrastructure, security strategies for big data and the application of game theory to cybersecurity. He represents EMC in several standards organizations, including as co-chair of the PKCS 11 Technical Committees and is the Science and Technology Manager for a major European Smart Grid research project. Mr. Griffin has 30 years of experience in identity management, security strategy, corporate governance, business process transformation and software development. He is a frequent speaker at many professional and industry conferences and has instructed courses within both professional and university settings. He is also an active blogger for RSA ( and on Twitter @RobtWesGriffin.

  Valerie Anne Fenwick is a Manager in the Solaris Security Technologies group at Oracle Corporation with over two decades of experience in computer security. She helped to design and develop the cryptographic framework for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and previously worked as a developer on the SunScreen Firewall. Valerie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University. She is a co-author of the Solaris 10 Security Essentials book and writes a blog on bicycling, beer and security. In her spare time, she enjoys performing at community theaters, riding her bike, and skiing. Valerie helped develop the crypto framework for the Solaris operating system, based on PKCS#11 and she currently co-chairs the OASIS PKCS#11 Technical Committee.