The ISG attended the Education UK Exhibition (organised by the British Council) Greece which took place in 5th and 6th of November 2011. Dr Konstantinos Markantonakis represented the campus and Distance Learning (DL) versions of our MSc in Information Security and the Computer Science Departments in this successful event, which attracted more than 4,200 visitors. Prospective students had the opportunity to find more about our courses through a direct point of contact. The event also offered Kostas the opportunity to meet with our extensive Greek Alumni which visited our stand and help us during the day.
The tasks of creating, transmitting, processing and storing any kind of information are more and more demanded to computers. People communicate with each other through email, instant messages, social networks platforms. Business relations between people and organizations, between citizens and public offices are carried out through computers. It turns out that the introduction of personal computers and the diffusion of Internet allowed a rapid and disruptive change in the way the society is organized and lives. Each individual is immersed in a continuous information flow that turns the solid foundations of life of individuals and societies into a liquid state.
ISG researchers Nadhem AlFardan and Kenny Paterson have jointly won the best paper award at the 2012 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2012), held this week in San Diego, California. The award, sponsored by Google, was given for "outstanding contributions in the field" and relates to Nadhem and Kenny's paper "Plaintext-Recovery Attacks Against Datagram TLS".
The ISG have recently been awarded a grant by Intel to deliver a new module as part of the MSc in Information Security. The proposed course, likely to be offered from the 2013-14 academic year, will inform future security professionals, on one hand, about the economic tools that address some of the needs for quantitative methodologies; and on the other hand about methods to include security into economic and business analyses. The need for such methods is increasingly felt among the security practitioners and stakeholders, and the course is hoped to fill a gap in the current security curricula. The beneficiaries thus include the users and the providers of computing services and infrastructure at large, including the leaders like Intel, who depend on maintaining a stable and capable work force.
In December 2011, Professor Fred Piper gave a keynote address to the 6th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST 2011).
The conference is Technical Co-sponsored by IEEE UAE Computer Chapter. The ICITST is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical implementation of secured Internet transactions and to fostering discussions on information technology evolution. The ICITST aims to provide a highly professional and comparative academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between academia and industry.
The 22nd Hewlett-Packard Colloquium on Information Security was held at Royal Holloway on 19th December 2011. This annual event brings together the Information Security Group's partners from academia, industry and government in an informal and relaxed environment, to enjoy informative and entertaining talks, to network, and to properly start the wind-down to Christmas.