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EC-ERCIM Strategic Seminar on ICT Security

ERCIM (the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) and the European Commission are jointly organising a Strategic Seminar on "Engineering Secure Complex Software Systems and Services" on 16 October 2008 in Brussels. The seminar is the result of a joint effort of ERCIM, its Security and Trust Management Working Group, and the European Commission (Unit F5 "Security" of DG INFSO).

16 October 2008 - 16 October 2008
Austria

ERCIM (the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) and the European Commission are jointly organising a Strategic Seminar on "Engineering Secure Complex Software Systems and Services" on 16 October 2008 in Brussels. The seminar is the result of a joint effort of ERCIM, its Security and Trust Management Working Group, and the European Commission (Unit F5 "Security" of DG INFSO).

Responding to the need for closer ties with the European ICT industry, ERCIM embarked on the initiative to organise a series of annual strategic seminars on current topics within ICT and Mathematics. The rationale behind this strategic decision is manifold: to enhance the impact of research taking place within ERCIM institutes and Working Groups by actively disseminating results towards industrial stakeholders; to expose researchers to ongoing research activities with an industrial take-up potential; and to help bridge the gap between research and industrial practice.

In particular, this ERCIM strategic seminar aims at collecting the relevant academic and industrial expertise in secure software engineering and at linking it with industry's best practices in the field in order to increase the trustworthiness of the resulting ICT systems.

According to Fabio Martinelli (IIT-CNR), chair of the ERCIM Working Group on Security and Trust Management, “the pervasive nature of the emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) expands the well known current security problems on ICT, due to the increased possibilities of exploiting existing vulnerabilities and creating new threats.”

The EC-ERCIM Strategic Seminar will:
. Present latest progress on key research and development initiatives in engineering secure complex software systems and services and in achieving ICT system-level assurance;
. Encourage the dialogue between scientists and industrial players from the field with a view to promoting collaboration; in particular, discuss the balance between rigorous scientific approaches aiming at achieving provably secure systems and cost-benefit considerations;
. Identify future key research challenges to be addressed in the field.http://www.ercim.org/activity/strategic_seminar/
ERCIM WG on Security and Trust Management: http://www.iit.cnr.it/STM-WG/
European Commission’s DG INFSO Unit F5 "Security":
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/security/home_en.html
Contact: Dimitris Plexousakis, FORTH-ICS, Greece dp ics.forth.gr