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Call for papers: EC2ND 2008

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The fourth annual EC2ND conference will take place on December 11th & 12th 2008 in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, in cooperation with ENISA. The theme of the conference is the protection of computer networks. As with past EC2ND conferences, this year’s event will encourage participants from academia and industry within Europe and beyond to discuss current topics in applied network and systems security.

EC2ND 2008 invites submissions presenting novel ideas at an early stage with the intention to act as a discussion forum and feedback channel for promising, innovative security research. While our goal is to solicit ideas that are not completely worked out, and might have challenging and interesting open questions, we expect submissions to be supported by some evidence of feasibility or preliminary quantitative results.


1st FORWARD Workshop sum-up

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

On the 17th and 18th of April, the 1st FORWARD workshop took place at Lindholmen Science Park, Göteborg, Sweden. The agenda of the workshop focused on future and emerging threats, covering multiple aspects, ranging from malicious hardware and attacks on routing infrastructures to mobile threats and the underground economy. The workshop also involved active discussions among all attendees.

They keynote speech of the first day was given by Pradeep Khosla from CyLab, Carnegie-Mellon University and was titled “Cybersecurity: Opportunities and changes”. Apart from the keynote speech, nine other presentations were given as part of the core workshop agenda. The presentations were around threats on the Internet and particularly¬† emerging threats to the internet infrastructure, malicious hardware, the business of cyber-crime, security of control and supervision systems and privacy control. After the presentations, five working groups were formed: large-scale software systems, network and monitoring, critical infrastructure protection, malware and finally fraud. Each working group discussed future and emerging threats concerning the group’s topic as well as possible collaborations among attendees. The day closed with a presentation from Thomas Skordas about the ICT Security Work Programme.


1st WOMBAT Workshop sum-up

Monday, May 12th, 2008

On the 21st and 22nd of April, the 1st WOMBAT workshop took place at the premises of Vrije University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Due to a consortium overlap between WOMBAT and FORWARD, many people from FORWARD attended the workshop. Its aim was twofold: Bring together parties that collect network security alerts, and facilitate the discussion on sharing these alert data. Issues to be resolved included how data exchange can take place, the necessary infrastructure, privacy issues, etc.