Successful U.S.-NL collaboration (Side Event One Conference)

October 5, 2018

At the beginning of October 2018 - which is designated as Cyber Month - two special meetings took place in the context of our Dutch-American research collaboration in the field of cybersecurity and privacy. NWO and dcypher organized these special meetings together with its partner institution NSF, with the support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.

NWO ONE side eventSide Event audience listening to presentations 

In this Side Event of the One Conference (World Forum, The Hague) three cybersecurity and privacy research projects were presented, exemplifying the collaborations between researchers from universities in the U.S. and the Netherlands, all within the framework of the National Cyber Security Research Agenda (NCSRA). Organizers and representatives of the funding organizations, Susanne Wetzel (NSF), Douglas Maughan (DHS), Jan Piet Barthel (NWO) and Raymond Doijen (NCSC), kicked off the event. 

The first presentation on Smartphone Security was about a recently finished project, executed by the VU Amsterdam and the UCSB, co-funded by DHS, NCSC and NWO. Presenters and former postdoc Martina Lindorfer and PhD student Victor van der Veen showed the audience the results of what can be called true cross-fertilization of research expertise in their smartphone security project. In addition, two examples of well-advanced projects were presented - out of the five projects awarded in response to the PRICE call which is jointly funded by NSF and NWO. The first of the two presentations on ‘(Cyber) Security and Privacy in the Home and on the Move’, was given by Jessica Vitak and Jason Pridmore, the PIs at the University of Maryland and the Erasmus University. As Intelligent Personal Assistants are becoming more and more popular in our daily lives, the project investigates their implications on security and privacy. In the final presentation of the session, entitled FASOR (Faster and Stronger Onion Routing), the two PIs Tanja Lange and Jon Solworth from the Technical University Eindhoven and the University of Illinois Chicago, explained why “onion routing” and novel encryption schemes may improve privacy of internet traffic.

The event was closed by Douglas Maughan, Jan Piet Barthel and Raymond Doijen, who announced the start of five new joint research projects focussing on DDoS attacks and Industrial Control Systems.

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US-NL side event at One Conference 2018

Workshop US NL 1 Oct 2018Workshop participants from the U.S. and the Netherlands

Upon invitation of the NWO and NSF, U.S. and Dutch researchers involved in the implementation of the jointly funded NWO-NSF PRICE program met in The Hague on October 1. Ten US and eleven Dutch researchers (PIs, postdocs, PhD students) actively participated in the workshop.

After an introduction by the hosts, Jan Piet Barthel (NWO) and Susanne Wetzel (NSF), the workshop continued with a keynote by Joris van Hoboken (VUB) with the challenging title ‘Protecting Privacy in Globalized Data Economies, State of Play and New Paradigms’.
This was followed by presentations of two recently completed NWO-DHS cybersecurity research projects. The first project about smartphone security resulted in many top publication and got media attention. The other project ‘Increasing voluntary action against cybercrime’ was also the subject of a Keynote at the One Conference itself two days later.

The focus of the workshop was on the exchange of experience and knowledge between the research groups. It turned out to be instructive for researchers present. It also was instructive for NWO and NSF, since it provided insight into the collaboration between the research groups as well as with the two funding organizations.


Context

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NWO launched a first (pilot) call for proposals for joint research in the context of some cybersecurity themes of shared interests to both countries. The three projects supported by this call were co-funded by DHS, NWO and the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.

In 2015, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and NWO together launched a call for proposals for the multidisciplinary PRICE program, which was jointly developed and co-funded by the Physical Sciences and Social Sciences domains of NWO, and the NSF directorates responsible for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.


Photo's Sjoerd van de Hucht