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Inaugural lecture of Professor Paulo Veríssimo

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Published on Thursday, 09 October 2014

Professor Paulo Veríssimo will hold his inaugural lecture on Wednesday, 15 October, 2.30 P.M. at Campus Kirchberg, Room B001, 4 rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg. His subject will be: Information Infrastructure Security and Dependability. The lecture is open to everyone.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology) became so important in our lives that a great deal of society’s stakes is today placed on the cyber sphere. The pillars of this new environment are critical information infrastructures (CII), both classical ones (cyber-physical systems such as energy grids or telecom networks), and emerging infrastructures relying on the Internet-Cloud complex (finance, public administration, or e-biobanks).

Their progressive convergence creates a challenging scenario: extremely large-scale and extremely complex and decentralised computer and network systems. This scenario may create enormous opportunities, but also bring about similarly extreme security and dependability risks, such as sophisticated targeted attacks, or advanced persistent threats (APT), from powerful adversaries, be it from organised crime and cyber-terrorism, cyber-hacktivism organisations or militias, or nation-state armies or agencies.

We have been arguing, as well as some other colleagues, for the need of a paradigm shift that may result in a comprehensive approach to all those threats, from first principles: “architecting and designing for resilience”, which in a nutshell, means: simultaneously coping with accidental and malicious faults; providing protection in an incremental way; and automatically adapting to a dynamic range of severity and persistence of threats, some of which maybe a priori unknown.

This talk illustrates the problem, the fascinating research challenges it places, and some avenues for solutions, laying out the general lines that will guide the research of the CritiX group (Critical and Extreme Security and Dependability) at SnT, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust at the University of Luxembourg, within the strategic PEARL-FNR programme on Information Infrastructure Security and Dependability.

More information about the keynote speaker

Paulo Veríssimo is a Professor of the University of Luxembourg Computer Science and Communications Research Unit since fall 2014, and heads the CritiX group (Critical and Extreme Security and Dependability).

He is adjunct Professor of the ECE Department of Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he has been a Professor of the University of Lisbon Faculty of Sciences, elected member of the Board of the University of Lisbon and Director of LaSIGE. Veríssimo is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and he is Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Work Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance and vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) conference.

Furthermore, he is associate editor of the Elsevier International Journal on Critical Infrastructure Protection. He is author of over 170 peer-refereed publications and co-author of five books.

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A reception will be held after the conference taking place on Wednesday, 15 October, at 2.30 P.M. on Campus Kirchberg, Room B001, 4 rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg.