Symposium 2019 Opening

Symposium
dcypher Symposium 2019 connecting cybersecurity knowledge – enterprises - policies

09:15  Introduction
Chris van 't Hof, Chair of the day    

09:20  Opening speech
prof. dr. Stan Gielen, President Executive Board of NWO (Dutch Research Council

09:30  Challenge the Cyber and European Cyber Security Challenge 
Experiences of participants CtC and ECSC
During the first edition of the Capture the Flag event ‘Challenge the Cyber’, organized by dcypher and the NCSC, 13 teams of around 100 students from different educational levels and institutes took up the challenge to hack themselves to Mars. With their win, the team High Tech Hacking Touch from the University of Twente, together with 5 juniors from The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Fontys Hogeschool ICT, qualified for the European Cyber Security Challenge in Bucharest. This event, organised by ENISA, took place from 9 to 11 October 2019 and was attended by 200 participants from 20 European countries. For team and coaches, but also for the Dutch organizers dcypher and NCSC, an interesting voyage of discovery as this was the first time a Dutch team participated. Today, the Dutch team will talk about this unique experience and the importance of (inter)national challenges.

09:45  Hardware insecurity: Plenty of room at the bottom (for attackers)
prof. Herbert Bos, VU Amsterdam 
Contrary to popular belief, exploitation of modern software has become extremely difficult. Even if the attacker finds a bug, a variety of defenses makes it hard to exploit it. No wonder that attackers have started looking for alternative means to compromise systems. In particular, they quickly discovered that all software defenses today depend on the trustworthiness of the underlying hardware (CPU, memory, etc.), and to their joy, the hardware is not worthy of our trust at all! Common hardware vulnerabilities allow attackers to bypass even the most sophisticated defenses and violate the confidentiality, integrity and availability of state-of-the-art systems. In this talk, I will explore these hardware vulnerabilities that are controllable from software, and discuss our experiences in disclosing such vulnerabilities. In summary: the hardware is broken and this is why we can't have nice things.

10:15  Europe’s Digital Sovereignty:  Building Ecosystems 
prof. dr. Gabi Dreo Rodosek, Code Institut München
European’s digital sovereignty is certainly among the key issues that are currently discussed. Europe has to find its way to achieve European leadership through building ecosystems where various stakeholders need to work together by combining resources and funds. Europe has excellent research but lacks (i) to successfully turn innovative R&D products (e.g. H2020 funded) into IT deployable products and services and (ii) fails to scale start-ups or SMEs into global player. Building ecosystems to strengthen European leadership in the ICT area helps to support cybersecurity across the entire value chain, from research to supporting the deployment and uptake of key technologies. CONCORDIA, a H2020 funded project with 55 partners, balanced from industry and research, is an ecosystem for building such cybersecurity capabilities and competences.

10:50  Programme Explanation  
Chris van 't Hof
 

11:00 - 11.30 Coffee+ / Demo Expo