Announcement: Nominations for the DCSR Award

February 19, 2015

The cybersecurity track ‘Highlights of Dutch Cyber Security Research’ at the ICT.OPEN program is scheduled in the afternoon of March 24th 2015. The objective is to demonstrate the progress and achievements in the execution of recent Dutch cybersecurity research. In the track the Dutch Cyber Security Research paper Award (DCSRA) will be introduced. It is a new price rewarding the best recent non-commercial scientific cybersecurity research paper. Jury members Professor Thorsten Holz, Professor Frank Piessens and Professor Danilo Bruschi, under technical chairmanship of Jan Piet Barthel (NWO), selected the top five research papers, out of sixteen papers submitted.

The top 5 ‘highlights of Dutch Cyber Security Research’ (in alphabetic order) are:
(Download abstracts and information about the presenters here)

  • On the Practical Exploitability of Dual EC in TLS Implementations (Stephen Checkoway et al.)

    • presented by Ruben Niederhagen    
  • Out of Control: Overcoming Control-Flow Integrity (Enes Göktas et al.)
    • presented by Enes Göktas
  • Quantum-secure authentication of a physical unclonable key (Sebastianus Goorden et al.)
    • presented by Boris Skoríc
  • System and Network Security Framing Signals - A Return to Portable Shellcode (Erik Bosman et al.)
    • presented by Erik Bosman
  • Verifying Curve25519 Software (Yu-Fang Chen et al.)
    • presented by Peter Schwabe

Jury members, who individually ranked and collectively decided on the quality of the papers, were highly impressed by all the research results coming from The Netherlands. On March 24, five presenters receive a signed certificate for their paper presentation. Then will be clear which paper deserves the predicate best cyber security research paper. The presenter of the winning paper will receive the Award form Dr. René Penning De Vries. In addition Gerard Smit, CTO IBM Benelux, will give the winner a 500 euro bonus cheque! (Download information about the jury-members here)

Please join us in the afternoon of March 24th 2015 at ICT.OPEN and register at



ICT.OPEN 2015 is the principal ICT research conference in the Netherlands. It features two distinguished plenary key notes and invited speakers, as well as many presentations. The state of the art in ICT research is presented and discussed here. ICT.OPEN is therefore the place to be for all involved in ICT research in the Netherlands. ICT.OPEN 2015 takes places the 24th and 25th of March 2015 in “De Flint” in Amersfoort.