Starting 09:00 on Monday June 12 and ending at 17:00 on June 14, 2023.
Information Security: An Overview
Information at Risk: Threats, Security Objectives, and Security Measures
Classification of the Fundamental Information Security Problems
Cryptography: Basic Concepts
Types and Models of Cryptographic Systems
Cryptographic Functions, Hash Functions
Secrecy, Authenticity, and their Duality and Independence
Symmetric Cryptography: Block Ciphers, Stream Ciphers, MACs, etc.
Randomness and Pseudo-Randomness
Cryptanalytic Attacks, Assumptions, Security Definitions
Public-Key Encryption and Secret-Key Agreement
Digital Signatures, Certificates
Discrete Mathematics Basics, Groups, Fields
Theoretical Foundations of Cryptography
Discrete Logarithms, Factoring, and other Hard Problems
Design and Analysis of Cryptographic Systems
RSA: Workings and Security Analysis
Diffie-Hellman Protocol: Workings and Security Analysis
Elliptic Curve Cryptography
Modes of Operation for Cryptographic Systems
Security Proofs, Indistinguishability, Reductions
Constructive Cryptography and Universal Composability
System and Network Security
Trade-offs in Securing Network Layers
Security Protocols including Kerberos, SSL, IPsec
Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
PKI and Key Management
Key Management Challenges
PKI Certificates, Architectures, and Standards
Key Revocation and Recovery
Trust Models (Direct, Cross, Hierarchical, Web of Trust)
X.509 and PGP
Alternative PKIs: Client, CA, and Domain-Centric Options
Certificate Handling in Web Browsers
Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control
AAA Architectures: Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control
Authentication: Passwords, Biometrics, and Token-based
Policies and Models
Access Control Matrix Model
DAC and MAC Models
BLP, Biba, and Chinese Wall Models
Privacy and Usage Control
Data Protection, GDPR, and Control of Intellectual Property
Anonymity and Privacy-enhancing Technologies
Proxies, Mix Networks, and other Anonymity Approaches
Usage Control Architectures
Digital Rights Management and Trusted Computing
Security Engineering and Web-Application Security
Security Engineering in the Software Engineering Life Cycle
Common Vulnerability Classes including: Session Management,
Injection Attacks, Cross-Site Scripting, and Race Conditions
Security Standards and Certification
Advanced Topics in Cryptography
Secure Multi-Party Computation
Blockchains and Digital Payment Systems
Classification of Digital Payment Systems, E-Cash
Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers
David Basin is a full professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1989 and his Habilitation in Computer Science from the University of Saarbrucken in 1996. From 1997–2002 he held the chair of Software Engineering at the University of Freiburg in Germany. His research areas are Information Security and Software Engineering. He is the founding director of the ZISC, the Zurich Information Security Center, which he led from 2003-2011. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (2015-2020) and of Springer-Verlag’s book series on Information Security and Cryptography (2008-present). He has co-founded three security companies, is on the board of directors of Anapaya Systems AG as well as various management and scientific advisory boards, and has consulted extensively for IT companies and government organizations. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow.
Ueli Maurer is a full professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. His research interests include the theory and applications of cryptography and information security. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology from 2001 to 2010, and Editor-in-Chief of Springer Verlag’s book series in Information Security and Cryptography from 1997 to 2012. Maurer holds several patents for cryptographic systems. He serves on several management and scientific advisory boards, has consulted extensively for the financial industry, the IT industry, and government organisations, and has co-founded several companies, including the blockchain project Concordium. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, an IACR Fellow, and recipient of the 2013 Vodafone Innovation Award for Mobile Communications and the 2016 RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.
Information Security and Cryptography are of vital importance today, with applications in communication and information systems, cyberphysical systems, and more generally, in the digitalization of businesses and services. Our 2023 seminar covers complementary topics and is aimed at different target audiences, providing an in-depth coverage of Information Security and Cryptography from both a conceptual and an application-oriented viewpoint. At the same time, the mathematical, algorithmic, protocol-specific, and system-oriented aspects are explained in a way understandable to a wide audience. This includes the foundations needed to understand the different approaches, a critical look at the state-of-the-art, and a perspective on future security technologies.
The seminar is aimed at all professionals who need up-to-date knowledge and expertise in this area. This includes system designers and engineers, security experts, IT-professionals, instructors, project managers, consultants, law enforcement professionals, and professional cryptographers.
The material is presented at three different levels. At the highest level, the basic concepts are presented in detail, but abstractly (e.g., as black boxes), without mathematics. No background is required to follow at this level. At an intermediate level, the most important concrete schemes, models, algorithms, and protocols are presented as well as their applications. Here some minimal mathematical and systems background is assumed. At the deepest level, which is not required to understand the higher levels, different special topics, requiring some mathematical background, are discussed.
The seminar will take place at the Marriott Courtyard Zurich North, Max-Bill-Platz 19, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland. The seminar hotel is conveniently located between downtown Zurich and the airport, easily accessible from both with public transportation.