First Cybersecurity and Privacy (CySeP) Winter School very successful

The purpose of the first CySeP Winter School was to reflect on and exchange ideas on how to best go from research and teaching to solving real-world problems. Prominent experts from academia and industry were contacted by the organizer Panagiotis Papadimitratos, KTH and were asked to address a set of diverse topics, to present their own rich experiences and share their wisdom in this field.

How close are we to feeling safe in cyberspace? How well do we do in addressing real-world security and privacy (S&P) problems? Do we deploy our best S&P solutions in systems we roll out and rely upon? Do we have best-trained professionals? Do we reach out to non-experts to make their lives easier when it comes to adopting S&P measures?

These were some of the questions that made up a full week’s programme of seminars, tutorials, discussions, and posters/demos sessions. The hands-on tutorials and workshops provided focused state-of-the-art knowledge on key S&P technologies. The poster/demo session showcased latest achievements and proposals for addressing important S&P challenges. In addition to this, much time was given for discussions and debate.

In total, 56 people registered for CySeP, whole week, in addition to the 20 speakers from America and Europe; including Jovan Golic, the EIT ICT Labs action line leader for the innovation area Privacy, Security and Trust.

- I reached out to my network and across the field. The goal was to have speakers with rich experience from real-world situations as well as prominent research achievements. For example, we had speakers that are IEEE, ACM, or IACR fellows; or people instrumental in high-profile industrial endeavors for many years; or leading educators; or combinations of the above.

- Knowing most of the people for long made this possible. Overall the response was fantastic and I am grateful to all who came to Stockholm and contributed; and thankful to those who wanted to join us but could not, says Panagiotis Papadimitratos.

And there will be a similar event even in 2015 as there is a great interest from both sponsors and participants. This year the majority were PhDs and postdocs although 14 Master students and a few SME’s also took part. Next time the ambition will be to reach out and increase the numbers and hopefully also get more students and more people from industry to attend.

- Already this first year we set a high standard. Actually, the ambition was to create an event that I would like to attend myself, continues Panagiotis Papadimitratos. The week offered a forum for free discussion on these topics – no one was there to promote a result or a product. I think we have found a mix that is not offered anywhere else – an event of this format dedicated to reflections on how we can go from research on and teaching about security and privacy to real world solutions.

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