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Edition 2019 (June 17-19):

The second edition of the Université Côte d'Azur Cybersecurity School took place from June 17 to 19, 2019 on the SophiaTech campus. The school was organized by Bruno Martin and Sandrine Julia (I3S-CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur), promoted by the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI), and accredited by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Club on the Security of Regional Information Systems (CLUSIR PACA), and the CNRS Future Research Network on Computer Security.

The 2019 edition focused on less technical aspects than the first one, with a more societal approach to security through the courses and presentations of the 11 speakers. Three themes were highlighted:

  •  Massive data security by Mohand-Saïd Hacid;
  •  The blockchains by Pascal Lafourcade;
  • The links between artificial intelligence and privacy by Theo Ryffel.

A recurring theme of this school was privacy, which was addressed in most of the talks. 

The speakers came from the academic, institutional, and industrial worlds. During the first day, the links between massive data and their security were discussed by M-S. Hacid. In the afternoon, P. Véron proposed an introduction to cryptography based on elliptic curves as well as an awareness-raising talk about economic intelligence (C. De Guisa and N. Marchandé). The second day was dedicated to blockchains; the mining challenge proposed by P. Lafourcade was won by S. Bortzmeyer who presented in the afternoon his doubts about the possibility of a private life in a digital world. Two members of the Cisco development team (G. Buisson and G. Ereteo) presented a tool for integrating system and network security monitoring mechanisms. On the third day, after offering an overview of the current artificial intelligence techniques, T. Ryffel’s talk raised awareness of learning mechanisms anonymization. The last two interventions (about cookie banners, by N. Bielova and pseudonymization, by C. Lauradoux) focused on some aspects of the RGPD - General Data Protection Regulation.

Previous Editions:

The first edition of the UCA Cybersecurity School, organized by Bruno Martin (UNS) as part of the MSI thematic schools, took place from 4–8 June 2018 on the SophiaTech campus.

Accredited by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Club on the Security of Regional Information Systems (CLUSIR PACA), the CNRS Future Research Network on Computer Security, and with the participation of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI), the School was open to just over 40 participants from both the academic world (students, doctoral students, engineers, teachers, researchers) and local companies. The 15 speakers, active in both pure research and R&D in security and cryptography, came from academia and industry. During the first day, security mechanisms that rely on public and secret key cryptography were covered. Courses showed how to assemble these mechanisms to build protocols that ensure the security of communications over different channels (Internet or voice) as well as their use and validation in an industrial context. Both the security of connected objects and the search for their vulnerabilities were addressed. Recent advances brought about by quantum information were presented, and the near (and longer-term) future of cryptography was discussed. The last course focused on privacy and techniques to minimize the profiling of a web user. One speaker presented the “business” aspect related to this topic.

The speakers' presentations are available on the school's website.