School Outline

Technology and Security: the current scenario

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. The benefits of instant communication are counterbalanced by the evil effects of immaterial communication, as for the human being is quite difficult to weight the value of information. This is quite clear to criminal organizations that found easy and safe to steal virtual money. The scenario is evolving quite rapidly as soon as information are processed and stored somewhere in the cloud and the users access the information via mobile devices. It turns out that security is a quite challenging task both from a technical and social viewpoint. Security enables trust, and trust is the foundation of society. As much as we rely on computers for information exchange, security issues should be the first concerns to be addressed.


This school aims at providing a quite accurate overview of the current scenario, and draw future directions for research activities and good practices. It is organized into four main themes:

  1. » Challenges of Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism
  2. » Attacks Against Critical Infrastructures
  3. » Security of Mobile Platforms and Virtualized environments
  4. » Adversarial Machine Learning


Giorgio Giacinto, Davide Ariu, Igino Corona, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy.

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