ACM WiSec 2013

Keynote talks

The Internet is Insecure and Will Likely Remain So - Now What?
Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Columbia University

Abstract: TBD

Biography: Henning Schulzrinne is the Chief Technology Officer of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and Professor of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs). He is widely known for the development of key protocols that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications that are now Internet standards, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, applied network engineering, wireless networks, security, quality of service, and performance evaluation.
Schulzrinne received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University, New York. He is an IEEE Fellow and a former member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

How do you define Security and Privacy for Smart Metering in Europe today?
Michael John, Elster

Abstract: In 2007, the European Commission adopted the Third Energy Package for the electricity and gas markets, allowing for the development of a competitive and integrated energy market.
In order to enable the market, the introduction of Smart Metering and Smart Grid architectures is needed. Those network architectures are usually comprised of a high amount of nodes and deployed within a larger regional area or even nation-wide networks. While the new systems will provide multiple benefits to society, they also impose security and privacy challenges.
At the end of 2009 the European Commission initiated the Task Force Smart Grids in order to facilitate the goals of the Third Energy Package. The mission of the Task Force Smart Grids is to provide recommendations to the Commission's policy and regulatory directions at European level and to coordinate the first steps towards the implementation of Smart Grids. A dedicated Expert Group was established underneath the Task Force to focus on the data security and privacy aspects of Smart Grids and Smart Metering.
This talk will provide a summary of the activities of the European Commission; a status overview of current Smart Metering deployments in several member states and will provide a snapshot of the progress of their standardization. Furthermore, it will outline the industry's perspective and opportunities within research regarding to privacy and security objectives in the area.

Biography: Michael John is Solution Manager at Elster. He is committed to ensuring Elster's Smart Grid and Smart Metering applications are secure by design and fully compliant with the latest EU standards for security and privacy. He has played a key role in developing Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) for Smart Grids at Elster.
In addition to his role at Elster he is also actively involved in the PRIME Alliance, where he is Security Coordinator. The PRIME Alliance's ultimate goal is the development of a global powerline standard that will enable multi-vendor interoperability for a series of truly flexible and efficient Smart Grid networks. Michael is also involved in the European Commission Task Force Group investigating Smart Grid Security and Privacy, where he was the Secretary of Expert Group 2 from 2009 - 2011. He is furthermore involved in the Mandate 490 Smart Grid Information Security group, and ESMIG's Security and Privacy Group. Michael is engaged in several related groups at member state level in Europe.
Michael has a strong telecommunications and information security background. Prior to joining Elster in 2010, he was a Network Engineer at Nortel. He also holds an MSc in Computer Science.

About Elster: Elster is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services - key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.

Mobile Threats to Privacy
Ashkan Soltani

Abstract: This presentation covers common threats to mobile privacy and security, focusing on what information is stored on your smartphone and what information is shared—intentionally and unintentionally—with cloud providers and third parties. I will review common security problems and pitfalls, as well as the privacy risks consumers assume by operating smartphones powered by a burgeoning advertising industry. I present these issues within the frame of current US consumer, regulatory and political contexts.

Biography: Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and consultant specializing in consumer privacy and security on the Internet. He has more than 15 years of experience as a technology consultant and has published three major reports on the extent and means of online tracking: "KnowPrivacy: The Current State of Web Privacy, Data Collection, and Information Sharing", "Flash Cookies and Privacy", and "Flash Cookies and Privacy II". His work highlights the prevalence and practice of tracking online, including the use of specific technologies designed to circumvent consumer privacy choices online. He has served as a staff technologist in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission and also worked as the primary technical consultant on the Wall Street Journal's What They Know series investigating Internet privacy and online tracking. Finally, he has recently testified as an independent expert in front of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on "The State of Online Consumer Privacy" and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy".

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