The Fourth International Summer School on Information Security and Protection (ISSISP) will be held in Xi'an, China on July 21 - 27, 2013. It will be hosted by Northwest University, China.

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 Chinese market. As such, the summer school targets junior and senior researchers from academia as well as from industry.

Important dates
  • May 15, 2013: application
  • June 1, 2013: admission notice
  • June 20, 2013: registration and payment

Host Chair:
Dingyi Fang

General Chair:
Yuan Xiang Gu

Scientific Chair:
Christian Collberg

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

  • Bart Preneel: "Hardware Security"
  • Brecht Wyseur: "White-box Cryptography"
  • Christian Collberg: "Introduction to Software Protection"
  • K.P. Chow: "Forensics/legal"
  • Lorenzo Cavallaro: "Hands on with Software Protection"
  • Somesh Jha: "Malware Detection (Trends and Future)"


Information Science and Technology department of Northwest University