The Fifth International Summer School on Information Security and Protection (ISSISP) will be held in Verona, Italy on July 27 - August 1, 2014. It will be hosted by University of Verona. Deadline for early registration is July 15, 2014. Registration can also be made on site. Consider that Verona is a highly touristic site in Europe so please make your registration as early as possible in order to find place in hotels and dorms. For details check the Registration page. Follow ISSISP2014 on Twitter:


The growing ubiquity of software systems as a means of providing critical services make protecting software contents, data, and intellectual property an important aspect of software development and a necessity for successful industrial applications. Without strong software security and protection techniques, software-based systems at the heart of medical informatics, digital rights management, voting systems, power distribution systems, transportation systems, and financial systems, to name a few, will be vulnerable to devastating attacks.
Software Security and Protection is a discipline that lies at the crossroads of security, cryptography, networks, software engineering, computer architecture, operating systems, and compiler design. The summer school will bring together internationally-recognized experts to describe the advanced techniques that are used for protecting software from tampering, reverse engineering, and piracy. The courses will cover methods of software security and protection including code obfuscation to protect against reverse engineering, software watermarking to protect against software piracy, tamper-proofing to protect against integrity-violations of software, obfuscation anti similarity analysis for protecting code by its diversification, virtualization, models of security for specifying attack strategies, metrics, and principles.


The school will help to address the very high demand in ICT professionals and researchers in the areas of software security and software intellectual property protection. As such, the summer school targets junior and senior researchers from academia as well as from industry. The School includes tutorials for setting the minimal knowledge requirements, advanced lectures for in-depth comprehension of code protection technologies, and hands-on sessions for practical experiments in an equipped CS lab. Students and participants may also present their ideas in a poster session on Wednesday afternoon. This is planned to give the opportunity to learn more about the research of the other participants of the summer school and to present research (ideas) to the other participants and to the lecturers and other senior people at the school. This might eventually lead to a future research collaboration, a visit, an internship, a joint paper. Especially for beginning PhD-students, these are the first steps towards a network, which will turn out to be very important for their further research career. All participants can present an idea or poster. A poster is a maximum 5 slides long talk (5 mins + questions). The scheduling will be set up and posted during the school. The Summer School ends with a panel session addressing industrial and scientific challenges in code and information protection.


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