4EU+ online seminars on "Security, Privacy, and Data Protection"

Security assurance of modern systems

24 February 2022
16:00 – 17:30 CET

Link to online seminars: Zoom


The smart service revolution has deeply changed the posture of modern digital systems that are based on (micro)services developed using cloud-native technologies, composed at run time with orchestration platforms, and continuously monitored to ensure scalability and elasticity. Their computation is often based on non-determinist machine learning models and split among heterogeneous components (from minuscle sensors and devices to cloud and edge nodes), resulting in a multi-faceted cloud-edge deployment. These digital systems govern many aspects of our everyday's life improving the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day activities. The price we pay for such convenience is an increased risk for user's security and privacy, and a perceived lack of trustworthiness. In this context, security assurance has been adopted as the preferred means to evaluate systems' behavior and address this need of trustworthiness. The seminar will discuss the last trends in security assurance, introducing two main research topics: i) security certification of modern distributed systems, ii) assurance-based risk evaluation.

Short bio

Claudio Ardagna is a Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano, the Director of the CINI National Lab on Big Data, and co-founder of Moon Cloud srl. His research interests are in the area of cloud-edge security and assurance, and data science. He has published more than 140 contributions in international journals, conference/workshop proceedings, and chapters in international books. He has been visiting researcher at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and at the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. He is the winner of the ERCIM STM WG 2009 award for the best PhD thesis on security and trust management in an European University, and of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Silver Core Award "in recognition of outstanding services to IFIP" in 2013.