Grand Research Challenges for Cybersecurity of Critical Information and Infrastructures (DLS in Cybersecurity)

23.11.2017, 16:15 – 17:15

23.11.2017 16:15-17:15

Speaker: Prof. Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo, University of Luxembourg | Location: Location: Hochschulstraße 10 (S2|02), Piloty Building, Room C110

Organizer: CROSSING / GRK Privacy & Trust / CRISP

Computing and communications infrastructures have become commodities which societies largely depend on, transacting huge quantities of data and exhibiting pervasive interconnections, sometimes in critical conditions. However, the actual magnitude that security and dependability risks may assume, is often misperceived. The information society has been assuming risk behaviours, without the adequate protection. Many stakeholders, not only end-users but vendors, service providers, public administrations and – what may be surprising – even governments, seem to ignore those risks, in different ways.

Yet, as will be shown in the talk, the problem should be obvious from the symptoms that have lately seen the light. Threats are everyday more powerful, massive or targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats entered the situational awareness agenda of nations. However, systems remain flaky, sometimes seemingly intentionally, vulnerabilities persist, and partial and/or specific fixes imperfectly mend what are sometimes global problems. Grand challenges deserve grand solutions, and so the talk will conclude along two lines of discussion, as a contribution to the debate on science of cybersecurity: effective strategies for cybersecurity are in dire need; advanced research breaking with traditional paradigms is required.

Short bio
Paulo Esteves Veríssimo (PJV) has a PhD (1990) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon IST. He is a Professor of the University of Luxembourg Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC), since fall 2014 and head of the CritiX group (Critical and Extreme Security and Dependability) at SnT, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust at the same University.

He is adjunct Professor of the ECE Dept., Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he has been a Professor of the Univ. of Lisbon, member of the Board of the same university and Director of LaSIGE where he also led the Navigators research group. He is currently Chair of the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance and vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE/IFIP DSN conference (2013---).

He is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the ACM. He was in the finals of the Descartes European Science Prize 2004, leading a FCUL team integrated in the MAFTIA project, and has been senior researcher to two winners of the IBM Portugal Scientific Award (2004 and 2007).

PJV is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC – 2015---), and past associate editor of the Elsevier Int’l Journal on Critical Infrastructure Protection (IJCIP – 2008-2015), and of the IEEE Tacs. on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC – 2004-08).

He is currently interested in secure and dependable distributed architectures, middleware and algorithms for: resilience of large-scale systems and critical infrastructures, privacy and integrity of highly sensitive data, and adaptability and safety of real-time networked embedded systems.

Distinguished Lectures Series in Cybersecurity
Mit der Distinguished Lecture Series in Cybersecurity kommen jedes Semester herausragende Experten aus Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft nach Darmstadt, um die vielfältigen Chancen und He­raus­for­de­rung­en im Bereich der IT-Sicherheit zu diskutieren.

Die Redner stellen in den Vorlesungen richtungsweisende Forschungsergebnisse verschiedener Disziplinen vor, fassen komplexe Themenbereiche zusammen und zeigen den momentanen Kenntnisstand ihres Forschungs- oder Arbeitsgebietes auf.

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