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Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Women in Security and Cryptography Workshop (WISC)

The first Women in Security and Cryptography (WISC) workshop of the CASA cluster of excellence took place from 21-23 September 2021. The WISC is a sister event of the renowned computer security conference "Women in Theory" (WIT) and will be held every two years from now on. International female doctoral candidates and outstanding female students from the field of IT security participated in the digital workshop.

Programme with selected lectures from science and industry

The conference programme focused on top-class lectures by leading female scientists in the field of IT security. These enabled participants to gain relevant insights into the industry, to get to know role models and to establish lasting connections with important players in the scientific community.

The outstanding speakers at the WISC and their presentation topics

  •  Tal Rabin, University of Pennsylvania & Algorand Foundation, USA
     "MPC in the YOSO (You Only Speak Once) Model".
  •   Elette Boyle, FACT Research Center, IDC Herzliya, Israel 
    "Pseudorandom Correlation Generators"
  • Kenza Ait Si Abbou, Senior Manager for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
     "Artificial intelligence needs more women!"
  • Michelle Mazurek, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, USA 
    "Investigating Secure Development In Practice: A Human-Centered Perspective"
  • Adrienne Porter Felt, Director of Engineering, Google, USA
    "An Industry Career Path, in Security and Beyond"
  • Carmela Troncoso, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    "Why Synthetic Data Is Not a Solution to Any Machine Learning Problem".

More information on the speakers can be found here.

Exchange, training and meeting like-minded people

In addition to the exciting talks by the speakers and the diverse contributions by the participants during the lightning talks, the WISC was dedicated to scientific exchange between all attendees. The aim was not only to create an attractive continuing education programme, but also to bring together women from the various fields of IT security research and to promote a collaborative exchange within the community. To this purpose, there were targeted opportunities for networking and conversations during social activities.

Main Focuses of the WISC:
 

  • Lectures by outstanding female scientists* from the field of IT security
  • Discussions & (scientific) exchange
  • Exchange of experiences & networking
  • Lightning Talks & Open Space