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Seventh Annual CyLab Partners Conference Brings Attendees Together with the Future

posted by Richard Power
October 11, 2010

The 7th Annual CyLab Partners Conference brought dozens of attendees from leading corporations and US government agencies together with the future of cyber security.

The two and a half day event, held at Carnegie Mellon University's main campus in Pittsburgh, PA., featured over thirty speakers, and was organized into sessions exploring various CyLab research thrusts ranging from Trustworthy Computing Platform and Devices and Software Security to Usable Security and Privacy and the Security of Cyber-Physical Systems. Each session included presentations by CyLab researchers, followed by a panel discussions engaging both the presenters and the attendees.

Several outside speakers, including U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (D) of Pennsylvania's 14th District, cyber risk expert Dan Geer, CISO of In-Q-Tel, and Leendert Van Doorn, Senior Director and Fellow at AMD also enriched the proceedings with their insights.

In his opening remarks, Pradeep Khosla, Dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and founder of CyLab stressed the vital role of CyLab and its industry partners in delivering accelerated technology transfer in the field of cyber security.

"The country has seen a lot of transfer technology that takes from two years to ten years, depending on what the technology is and what you will be able to do with it, but in an area like cyber security that six to ten months after a technology is developed, there is no reason why we should not be in an alpha or beta test, either US government or industry. So as you think about what we will present over the next two and a half days, please be thinking about what it is that CyLab and can to help you take this technology and transfer it into your own operations, and your own companies."

CyLab Technical Director Adrian Perrig spoke on the challenge of 

“Given the complexity of current systems, unlikely that we can remove all software vulnerabilities in the foreseeable future,” Perrig explained. “So the goal is to provide strong security guarantees despite the presence of vulnerabilities and malware.”

 CyLab researchers delivered updates on a broad spectrum of projects, e.g., Greg Ganger and Raj Rajkumar spoke on new research directions related to Cloud Computing and the Smart Grid respectively.

A valued benefit of CyLab's corporate partners program, this annual event allows attendees to immerse themselves in numerous CyLab research projects, many of which have grabbed headlines during the past year; it also allows them to acquaint themselves with the students who are not only striving to build future of cyber security, but may come to embody it as well.

An archive of presentations, student posters, videos, etc. is exclusively available to CyLab corporate partners via the Partners Portal.

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