8th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks

September 3–5, 2012 | Padua, Italy

Keynote speech 1

Information Confinement on Commodity Systems

Atul Prakash

People are increasingly using personal devices for accessing and processing sensitive information. Unfortunately, securing these devices to detect and prevent information leakage is a significant problem. In this talk, I will first describe our work in the Web Tap project on analyzing network traffic from users' devices to help get clues on automated applications on end-user devices. Next, I will describe the evolution of that work to quantifying information leakage from devices that helps address the problem of identifying "needle in a haystack" when attempting to identifying information leaks in substantial network traffic. Finally, I will discuss our recent work in the Capsules project that aims to completely prevent information leakage from corrupted end-user devices when users wish to interact with sensitive sites over a network.

About the speaker:

Atul Prakash is a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Delhi, India and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include information security and privacy. His research on online web security at banking web sites was widely quoted. Among his earlier research work, he was one of the designers of the Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory (UARC) project, one of the first scientific collaboratory systems, which was recognized by the Smithsonian-Computerworld for its contributions to science.

Keynote speech 2

Protecting Data in the Cloud: Issues and Solutions

Sabrina De Capitani Di Vimercati

There is today an increasing interest in cloud computing as a strategic technology for offering high quality applications and services. Despite the economical and technical benefits, the adoption of cloud computing can introduce several problems related to the proper protection of data. These problems need to be carefully considered by users as well as public and private organizations whenever they are considering the adoption of the services of a cloud provider. In this talk, I will illustrate some issues related to the protection of data in the cloud, and discuss some emerging solutions and research directions.

About the speaker:

Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati received the Laurea and PhD degrees both in Computer Science from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. From November 1999 to December 2002 she has been an assistant professor at the University of Brescia, Italy. From January 2003 to February 2007 she has been an associate professor at the Information Technology Department, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Since March 2007 she is a full professor at the Information Technology Department, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Her research interests are in the area of information security, databases, and information systems. On these topics she has published more than 130 refereed technical papers in international journals and conferences. She has been an international fellow in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI, CA (USA). She is member of the Steering Committees of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) and of the ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES). She is vice-chair of the IFIP WG 11.3 on Data and Application Security and Privacy. She is co-recipient of the ACM-PODS'99 Best Newcomer Paper Award.