Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC) – Annual Report

Research Highlights 2021 :

  • Cryptographic Enforcement of End-to-End Data Privacy
  • Stealthy Tracking of Mobile Phones in LTE
  • Making Fully Homomorphic Encryption Accessible
  • Scalable and secure Internet bandwidth reservations
  • Formal Verification of the Secure Network Architecture SCION
  • SmashEx Attack
  • Security Analysis of Telegram
  • Collaborations with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)

Research Projects :

  • Highly Available Communication for Financial Networks
  • User-Complemented Phishing Protection
  • Blockchain and Cloud Security
  • Towards Provably Secure Internet Communication
  • Topology-Hiding Computation
  • Enhanced 5G Security
  • Improving Network Security Through Programmability
  • Self-securing Networks
  • Full-Stack Verification of Secure Inter-Domain Routing Protocols
  • Robotic stacking of parcels in containersand roll cages
  • Manipulation of non-rigid e-commerce parcels
  • Secure Governance Schemes for Blockchains
  • Automatic Visual Document Parsing
  • Privacy Preserving Machine Learning for Cyber Insurance

Source and full Report : ZISC

List of Swiss training courses on cyber-issues

The expansion and promotion of cyberskills is a key goal of the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber-risks (NCS). As part of the NCS implementation, the Swiss Security Network (SSN), together with armasuisse’s Cyber-Defence Campus and the Military Academy (MILAC) at ETH Zurich, has drawn up a list of the best training courses on cyber-issues. Published today, it shows that there is already a wide range of courses available on the subject.

As digitalisation progresses, the focus on cyber-risks and their rapid growth is intensifying. Yet, it can be ensured that cyber-risks are properly handled only if industry has sufficient know-how and specialist staff. The training of specialists is thus a key element in strengthening cybersecurity. Although Switzerland has a robust network of training and research institutions, there was no overview of existing training courses relating to cyber-issues until now.

In collaboration with armasuisse’s Cyber-Defence Campus and the MILAC, the Swiss Security Network (SSN) has drawn up a list of available training courses on cyber-issues. The list was published today on the website of the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) as part of the implementation of the 2018 to 2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber-risks (NCS). The preparation of the list and consultations with industry, higher education institutions, the Confederation and the cantons have revealed that there is already a very wide range of training courses on offer and that the higher education institutions have recognised the importance of cybersecurity.

Source & Report : NCSC

Deepfakes challenge to trust and truth – EPFL Research

Will deepfakes become the most powerful tool of misinformation ever seen? Can we mitigate, or govern, against the coming onslaught of synthetic media?

Our research focuses on the risks that deepfakes create. We highlight risks at three levels: the individual, the organizational and the societal. In each case, knowing how to respond means investigating to better understand the risks of what and to whom. And it’s important to note that these risks don’t necessarily involve malicious intent. Typically, if an individual or an organization faces a deepfake risk, it’s because they’ve been targeted in some way – for example, non-consensual pornography at the individual level, or fraud against an organization. But on the societal level, one of the things our research highlights is that the potential harm from deepfakes is not necessarily intentional: the growing prevalence of synthetic media can stoke concerns about fundamental social values like trust and truth.

Source & Full article : EPFL