Trends in Cybersecurity

Is cybersecurity still viable in light of emerging risks and threats?
Tuesday, 15.05.2018, 08:00 to Thursday, 17.05.2018, 17:30

Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft
Wollzeile 1
1010 Wien

In recent years we have seen a shift in cybersecurity. On the one hand we have noticed a continuing professionalization in cyber crime, and on the other hand cyber warfare efforts are reaching a level that can't be neglected any more. Increasing digitization and interconnectivity in society and economy are increasing the attack surface as well as the potential pay-off for attackers. We have seen both targeted attacks against industry and critical infrastructures, but we have also seen large-scale untargeted and random attacks that affect both citizens and industry.

Protection from cyber attacks is getting increased attention from industry and society. For example, the costs associated to lost or stolen data, and the potential loss of reputation that goes along with such incidents are one of the motivations to invest in cybersecurity. With the increasing awareness that protection from cyber threats is necessary, it is in the hands of authorities, security industry and academia to provide adequate solutions to current and future threats. A multi-disciplinary approach to cybersecurity that integrates economic, legal and technological aspects will be necessary to achieve this goal. The main questions that need to be answered in this context are:

  • Is the industry and society prepared to cope with emerging cybersecurity threats, and what is necessary to ensure secure business operations as well as the privacy of customers?
  • Can the legislative framework cope with the current and future cybersecurity situation, and what impact will European initiatives like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Infromation Security (NIS) directive have on cybersecurity?
  • Is current technology and infrastructure able to cope with cybersecurity, having in mind that our infrastructure is ageing and resources for technological upgrades to enhance security are often insufficient?


Tuesday, 15.5.2018


Welcome and workshop opening

Dr. Uwe Roth (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)
Everything you never wanted to know about Blockchain but have been forced to find out

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

Prof. Bart Preneel (University of Leuven)
Post-Snowden threat models

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Prof. Sokratis Katsikas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Prof. Gerald Quirchmayr (University of Vienna)
Critical Infrastructure Protection workshop: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience; The impact of GDPR and NIS on Critical Infrastructure Security.

Thursday, 17.5.2018

Prof. Steven Furnell (University of Plymouth)
User Authentication: From Secrets to Biometrics

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

Prof. Günther Prenul (University of Regensburg)
Security and privacy in social networks - Existing challenges and proposed solutions

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Prof. Juha Röning (University of Oulu), Teemu Tokola (University of Oulu), Thomas Schaberreiter (University of Vienna)
Software Security Workshop

17:00-17:30 Closing session