The Second International Summer School on Information Security and Protection is the successor of ISSISP 2010, hosted in Beijing last year. As in the previous edition, the main focus of the summer school is Software Security and Protection.

The growing ubiquity of software systems as a means of providing critical services make protecting software contents, data, and intellectual property an important aspect of software development and a necessity for successful industrial applications. Without strong software security and protection techniques, software-based systems at the heart of medical informatics, digital rights management, voting systems, power distribution systems, transportation systems, and financial systems, to name a few, will be vulnerable to devastating attacks.

Software Security and Protection is a discipline that lies at the crossroads of security, cryptography, networks, software engineering, computer architecture, operating systems, and compiler design. The summer school will bring together internationally-recognized experts to describe the advanced techniques that are used for protecting software from tampering, reverse engineering, and piracy. The courses will cover methods of software security and protection including code obfuscation to protect against reverse engineering, software watermarking to protect against software piracy, tamperproofing to protect against integrity-violations of software, and models of security for specifying attack strategies, metrics, and principles.

The school will help to address the very high demand in ICT professionals and researchers in the areas of software security and software intellectual property protection, with a particular attention towards the growing demand of advanced software security technologies and solutions in the European market. As such, the summer school targets junior and senior researchers from academia as well as from industry.

Important dates
  • March 15, 2011: application (students requiring lodging)
  • April 15, 2011: admission notice (students requiring lodging)
  • April 30, 2011: application (other)
  • May 15, 2011: registration and payment

Host Chair
Prof. Bjorn De Sutter, Ghent University, Belgium

Scientific Chair
Prof. Christian Collberg, University of Arizona, USA

General Chair
Yuan Xiang Gu, Irdeto, Canada

Publicity Chair
Christophe Foket, Ghent University, Belgium
Jeroen Van Cleemput, Ghent University, Belgium

Scientific Advisory Board
Christian Collberg
Jack Davidson
Roberto Giacobazzi
Yuan Gu
Bjorn De Sutter
Fei-Yue Wang

Contact Person
Jeroen Van Cleemput, Ghent University, Belgium

  • Bjorn De Sutter: "Software Protection Techniques against Hardware-Based Attacks on Software"
  • Christian Collberg: "Intellectual property protection of SW: The Practice and Theory of Software Protection"
  • Jack Davidson: "Software Security via Lightweight Process Virtualization"
  • Roberto Giacobazzi: "Theory and practice of code attack: Semantics, analysis and code transformation"
  • Yuan Xiang Gu: "Software security patterns, direct attack analysis and protection techniques"


Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University

The school will take place in Ghent, hosted at Ghent University's Faculty of Engineering, which is located at Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

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