Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program: Security and Dependability Academy

On December 14th and 15th, 2009, will take place the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program: Security and Dependability Academy, an opportunity for professionals of computer science and engineering or related areas, interested in improving their skills, to get in touch with the experts involved in the Dual Carnegie Mellon University – University of Lisboa Master of Science in Information Technology–Information Security (MSIT-IS).

The Academy will provide a sample of topics taught during the MSIT-IS program through a set of exciting technical lectures and hands-on experiments in the program’s lab, where the attendees will get the chance to try live cyber-attack and defense technologies.

Although inspired by the MSIT-IS, the academy will be interesting on its own as a forum for discussion of the latest concepts in Security and Dependability. After the lectures and laboratory experiments, the academy will close with the Pen Testing Trophy, where a victim machine will be subject to penetration testing by willing participants competing for a mysterious trophy.

This event is organized by Large-Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, and sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program.

The Academy will be taught in English and will take place at the same facilities as the MSIT-IS program (FCUL), giving a taste of what the students of the master experience. The lectures will be in the videoconference room and Hi-fi audio-video connection will be established with Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh. The hands-on sessions will be in the students’ labs.

December 14th, 2009

    Evolution of Security: from Ad-hoc Prevention to Automatic Protection
        Prof. Paulo Veríssimo
    Six Billion Crash Test Dummies or Why Software Security Matters
Prof. Miguel Correia
    MSIT-IS - A Carnegie Mellon U. and U. of Lisbon Master
Profs. M. Correia e Rajeev Ghandi
    Hands-on 1 - Securing Installations is Harder than it Looks
    Hands-on 2 - Attack Injection: Assess your Software Before Hackers do it

December 15th, 2009

    Are They Out There? How Many and How Smart?
Prof. Nuno Ferreira Neves
    The Delicate Balance between Distributing and Losing Control
Prof. António Casimiro
    Surviving Non-Detectable Intrusions While Fighting Them Back
Prof. Paulo Sousa
    Can Cost-Benefit Analysis Help Investment in Security?
        Prof. Pedro Ferreira
    Building Robustness, Safety and Security for the Next Generation of Aerospace Systems
Prof. José Rufino
    Hands-on 3 - Honeypots: Watching Hackers at Work
    Pen Testing Trophy

Organizing committee:
    - Prof. Miguel Correia
    - Prof. Marcelo Pasin
    - Prof. Fabrício Silva
    - Dr. Diogo Abrantes

Venue: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, building C6, floor 2, room 6.2.51.

For additional information feel free to contact:
    Dr. Diogo Abrantes
    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
    Edifício C8 - Piso 2, Sala 29, Campo Grande
    1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
    E-mail:  dabrantes(@)
    Telf: +351 21 750 03 88
    Fax: +351 21 750 05 33

Deadline for Applications: December 7, 2009
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