March 29, 2011: Joint RMC Computer Security Lab (CSL) and NSERC ISSNet event Tuesday March 29, 2011 in Ottawa

The Royal Military College Computer Security Lab (CSL) and NSERC ISSNet will host an evening meeting of computer security researchers and practitioners Tuesday March 29, 5:30-9:30pm.  The distinguished speaker for the evening is Mr Jacob Appelbaum who will present  “Circumvention and the importance of anonymity”. ISSNet members wishing to attend are asked to RSVP... More Information

January 1, 2011: Call for Applications for Post-doctoral Research Fellows for Internetworked Systems Security Network

ISSNet invites applicatons for post-doctoral research fellows.  ISSNet has several post-doctoral fellowship positions available.  Please contact us for additional information. 

Nov 25-26, 2010NSERC ISSNet Anti-Malware Defenses Workshop

NSERC ISSNet hosted a 1.5-day mini workshop on the topic of Anti-Malware Defenses, Nov 25-26, 2010.  The event was held at Carleton University under the leadership of Professor Anil Somayaji.  Over 30 participants, representing 3 industry partners and 7 universities from across the country, attended. 

Guest speaker Bill McGee, Vice-President of Datacenter and Emerging Technologies Development at Trend Micro, provided an industry perspective during his presentation “Technology Tsunami Creates Opportunity for New Security Research and Development”.  Presentations of ongoing ISSNet research, brainstorming sessions, and group discussions around potential areas of collaboration rounded out the event.

July 18 - 23, 2010Second NSERC ISSNet Summer School

The second NSERC ISSNet Summer School was hosted from July 18 to 23, 2010 at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.  An average of 42 participants attended each day.  Six co-investigators from three of eight partner universities; participants from all universities, including undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; industry representatives; ISSNet Board members; and representatives from external organizations participated throughout the week.  In total, 61 people were involved.

The format for the summer school included three science modules of nine hours each, (“Virtual Machine Monitors (VMM),” “Smart Phone Security,” and “Web Security,”) two evening sessions, (“Communicating Science Effectively: The Research Conference,” as part of the MITACS STEP program, and “Visual Analytics and Security Applications,”) two official ISSNet networking events, and a variety of optional networking events which were graciously hosted during lunch breaks and free evenings by the UBC ISSNet participants. 

Throughout the week, the students and faculty were encouraged to network during breaks, lunch and dinner.  These opportunities proved successful for connecting ISSNet members from across Canada.  Comments included, “the casual atmosphere really lent itself to off-schedule conversations,” and “great group of people, great networking events.”   Comments about the summer school in general included, “interesting topics,” “courses were really great…” and “…best element of the summer school was meeting others in same area of research…” which would indicate that the event met the objective in the original proposal to “maximize the exchange of information and ideas with minimal distraction.”

Planning is underway for the third NSERC ISSNet Summer School to be held at the University of Calgary in July 2011.