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SIRA 2014 Election Results!

Thank you, again, to those who took the time to nominate folks for the 2014 SIRA elections. 

The election closed at 23:59 PST Monday, February 10, 2014 and the results are in!

Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the SIRA Board of Directors:

  • Chris Hayes
  • Lisa Leet
  • Jeff Lowder
  • David Severski
And, a final huge thank you to Chris, Lisa, Jeff & David for their willingness to serve the SIRA community.
Bob, Jay & Ally

Dr. Norman Fenton to Present at SIRA's Nov 14 Webinar

SIRA is extremely honored to announce that Dr. Norman Fenton will be our guest speaker for our November 2013 webinar. This is one very special webinar you won't want to miss!

Topic How Bayesian Networks Can Help Improve Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Norman Fenton, Ph.D.

Professor of Risk Information Management, Queen Mary London University

Chief Executive Officer, Agena


Thursday, November 14, 2013

9am PST / 12pm EST / 16:00 GMT

Webinar Accessibility:

Access to this webinar is free to SIRA. (To join SIRA, please follow the instructions here.)

Non-members may participate for a fee.

To register for the event, please go here.


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Biographical Information:

Norman Fenton is Professor of Risk Information Management at Queen Mary London University and is also Chief Executive Officer of Agena, a company that specialises in risk management for critical systems. Norman, who is a mathematician by training, works on quantitative risk assessment. This typically involves analysing and predicting the probabilities of unknown events using Bayesian statistical methods including especially causal, probabilistic models (Bayesian networks). This type of reasoning enables improved assessment by taking account of both statistical data and also expert judgment. Norman's experience in risk assessment covers a wide range of application domains such as legal reasoning (he has been an expert witness in major criminal and civil cases), medical trials, vehicle reliability, embedded software, transport systems, financial services, and football prediction. Norman has a special interest in raising public awareness of the importance of probability theory and Bayesian reasoning in everyday life (including how to present such reasoning in simple lay terms) and he maintains a website dedicated to this and also a blog focusing on probability and the law. Norman has published 6 books and over 120 referred articles and has provided consulting to many major companies world-wide. His current projects are focused on using Bayesian methods for improved legal reasoning and improved medical decision making. In addition to his research on risk assessment, Norman is renowned for his work in software engineering (including pioneering work on software metrics).

Paid SIRA Memberships

The SIRA Board of Directors passed a resolution at their most recent meeting to start a new paid membership tier based upon the results of this year's membership survey and the desire to create the foundation for a more formal professional organization. As a result, we are formally announcing the introduction of the SIRA Professional Membership (SPM).

The cost for SPM will be $50.00USD. SIRA will maintain current and historical records of your membership in the event you reference SPM on your CV/bio. Benefits to membership include:

  • Reduced registration to SIRAcon ($50.00 off total price)
  • Membership through 2014
  • Proceedings of 2013 SIRAcon
  • SIRAcon journal subscription carried through 2014
  • Free access to SIRA-sponsored webinars 

Future webinars will be restricted to SPM or those paying to attend.

To sign-up as a SIRA Professional Member, please click "Buy Now" below.


New Mailing List for IRM Body of Knowledge (IRMBOK) Working Group

If you'd like to influence the direction of the Information Risk Management (IRM) profession, please consider joining our IRM Body of Knowledge (IRMBOK) working group, which aims to develop an IRMBOK. 

To participate, please join the IRMBOK mailing list, which requires a separate subscription from the main mailing list. To subscribe, please go to the following webpage and follow the instructions there.