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FORWARD future threats panel at EC2ND 2008

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The European Conference on Computer Network Defense (EC2ND) is an annual conference bringing together academia and industry to discuss topics in network and systems security. This year it was held at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. The programme included a panel organised by FORWARD, where possible future threats on global ICT infrastructure were discussed. The panel constituted of members from all FORWARD working groups (WGs), and was headed by Sotiris Ioannidis.

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FORWARD at the 2nd EU-Korea Cooperation Forum on ICT Research

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

The relations between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of South Korea are founded on increasingly shared political values, strong economic links reflecting larger and larger bilateral trade and investment flows, and the EU’s reiterated support for South Korea’s policy of engagement with the North.

In 1995, the EU decided to negotiate a “Framework Agreement on Trade and Cooperation“, in recognition of South Korea’s increasing role in the Asian and global economy, and of its success in consolidating democracy. This Agreement entered into force in April 2001 and is implemented through an annual meeting of a Joint Committee.

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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.

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Welcome to the FORWARD blog!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Welcome to the official FORWARD project blog! January marked the onset of the project with the kickoff meeting that was held on Monday January 21st at the Technical University of Vienna. The meeting was marked by lively discussion and active brainstorming. The primary topics discussed were the first FORWARD workshop, the project infrastructure, and the project working groups.

The workshop was scheduled for the 17th and 18th of April at Gothenburg, Sweden. The consortium will be inviting leaders in the field of security, from ongoing European projects, as well as experts from the industry and project managers from the Commission to participate in the workshop.

The consortium also highlighted topics of interest to each partner. The list includes: Distributed Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Fraud and Economics, Harassment and Misinformation, Smart Devices, Network Infrastructure, and Metrics. These topics will be included for discussion during the first FORWARD workshop. However we expect other topics to also come out of the discussion. These topics will form the basis of the consortium working groups (and also the focus of more blogs that will appear on this site!).

The FORWARD blogs site is only part of the online collaboration platform of the project. The exact synthesis of the platform was discussed during the project kickoff meeting. FORTH presented the web pages created for the project as well as the proposed collaboration tools. The tools included a wiki, online forums, an online file repository and this blog. All these will enable close collaboration between the partners as well as a basis for distribution of the work performed in the FORWARD project.