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Cyber-Defence Campus Conferences, 3-4 November 2020

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Tuesday, 03 November 2020, 8:30am
Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 4:30pm

SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne

Coronavirus pandemic

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we switched our CYD conferences on November, 3 - 4 to a hybrid mode. This means that you will also have the option to attend the conferences online at After registering, you will receive a password that will allow you to attend the conference remotely.

3 November 2020 – Cyber Threat & Technology Intelligence


Criminal hackers have a long history of sharing experiences, tools, and vulnerabilities; this has contributed to the success of major cyberattacks. The goal of this conference is to explore various measures to make cooperation, information sharing and collective intelligence also effective on the defender side.

As early as twenty years ago, the first Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) have been established as a central resource for sharing information on cyber threats to critical infrastructure. In the same vein, threat intelligence platforms help organizations aggregate, correlate, and analyze threat data from multiple sources in (almost) real-time to support defensive actions. Open source solutions where also proposed as a counterweight to «black-hat» hackers successfully working together, for instance the Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP) or the Open Threat Exchange (OTX), a crowd-sourced computer-security platform.

The Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) discipline, based on intelligence techniques and methods, aims to collect and filter all relevant information from the cyberspace, in order to draw up portraits of attackers, threats or technological trends (sectors of activity affected, methods used, etc.). CTI sources include open source intelligence, social media intelligence, human Intelligence, technical intelligence or intelligence from the deep and dark web. Thus, the tools used by large Security Operations Centers (SOCs), produce hundreds of millions of events per day, from endpoint and network alerts to log events, making it difficult to filter down to a manageable number of suspicious events for triage.

All in all, this profiling enables early detection of cyberattacks and better anticipation of cyber-risks. However, a proper threat intelligence approach should be complemented by technology intelligence, an activity that enables organizations to monitor and forecast the technological opportunities and threats that could affect the future growth and survival of their business. As emphasized by the National strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS, 2018-2022), an early identification of technological trends constitutes an important aspect for developing the Swiss cyber-defence. In that respect, the armasuisse CYD Campus cordially invites all stakeholders to bridge the gaps between academia, the industry, and governmental organizations working in the field of cyber-defence.

Registration Chair:  Monia Khelifi (
Program Chair:         Dr. Alain Mermoud (
Conference Fee:       CHF 100.- one day, CHF 200.- both days,
                                      free of charge for students and government employees

08.30   Registration open - Welcome Coffee

09.00   Welcome

              Dr. Thomas Rothacher, Director armasuisse Science and Technology

              Dr. Alain Mermoud, armasuisse S+T, Head of Technology                                     Monitoring and Forecasting, CYD Campus

09.15    Prof. Edouard Bugnion,                                                                                                    Vice-President for Information Systems, EPFL

09.30    Dr. Vincent Lenders, armasuisse S+T, Director CYD Campus, Cyber-                    Defence Campus Updates

09.45    Major General Alain Vuitel, Head of Armed Forces,
               Command Support Organisation, Cyber as an Instrument of Power

10.30    Coffee Break - Networking

11.00    Florian Schütz, Federal Cyber Security Delegate at Federal                                 Administration, Head of National Cyber Security Centre, The Swiss                   Approach to National Cyber Security

11.30    Marc Henauer, Head of MELANI Operation and Information                              Centre (OIC), Cyber risks and how do they establish themselves?

12.00    Lunch with demo/poster session

13.30    Prof. Karl Aberer, Head of Distributed Information                                                System Laboratory, EPFL, Technology Landscape Monitoring: A Data                Integration Challenge (provisional)

14.00    Dr. Thomas Maillart, Lecturer at University of Geneva

               Dr. Dimitri Percia David, Post-doc at University of Geneva, Peeking                    into the Future of Quantitative Threat Intelligence and Technology                  Forecasting for Cyber-Defence

14.45    Coffee Break - networking

15.15    Dr. Christophe Vandeplas, Malware and Forensic Analyst at NATO,                    MISP Threat Sharing - a Decade of Successes and Failures in Threat                    Information Sharing

15.45    Dr. Adrian Marti, Head of Cyber Security & Privacy at AWK, AWK                      Technology Radar: a Methodology for Evaluation Security                                    Technologies

16.15    Dr. Colin Barschel, armasuisse S+T, Director of Industry Relations,

               CYD Campus - Cyber-Security Start-up Competition

17.00    Wrap-up

4 November 2020 – Privacy-enhancing Technologies


We have entered a digital era where more data is available than ever. In combination with new technologies and methods to store, access and process data, large data sets have become important and invaluable assets. On the one hand, the availability and usage of big data sets can enhance various domains of people’s lives, from urban planning to better prevention of severe diseases. On the other hand, technology enables novel forms of surveillance and tracking, as well as possibilities of discrimination of individuals. In addition to these rather obvious use cases, data sets about the online behavior of individuals in combination with novel methods to extract information have been successfully used for marketing purposes or even for political opinion formation. If data is the new oil, privacy erosion is its global warming effect, its most worrying negative consequence. Like global warming, privacy is quietly but steadily eroding and, as of today, it seems impossible to apprehend its evolution and long-term consequences.

Examples of this privacy erosion are numerous: credentials of billions of e-mail addresses available online, the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, the massive surveillance by intelligence agencies through the Internet backbone or web service providers, information leakage in mobile applications or wearables, and re-identification of genomic databases. Recent attacks demonstrate that data leakage affects everyone, from the soldier to the politician and citizen. In order to improve the current situation, we must highlight the importance of privacy for our democratic societies, and raise awareness about the ongoing privacy erosion.  Researchers, practitioners, legal scholars need to inform the public and make the layman aware of the risks of information (over-)sharing. Finally, it is also our responsibility to put in place the defenses for improving the current situation and preventing future privacy breaches. With this conference, our goal is to provide a platform to discuss the most pressing issues in privacy and to learn more about the technologies that will help enhance privacy in the future.

The Cyber-Defence Campus cordially invites all stakeholders to its Conference on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies taking place on 9 November 2020 in the SwissTech Convention Center Lausanne. Speakers at the conference will be drawn internationally from academia, industry and the government.

The CYD Campus further invites stakeholders to submit their ideas for demonstrations and posters relevant to the conference theme. We will offer space for all actors from the privacy community to showcase their ideas and solutions. All demo and poster proposals can be sent to until 20th october, 2020. A fee of 2‘000 Swiss Francs will be charged for all industrial demonstrations. All demonstrations from academics and government are free of charge.

Registration Chair:   Monia Khelifi (
Program Chair:          Dr. Mathias Humbert                                                                                                         (
Conference Fee:       CHF 100.- one day, CHF 200.- both days,
                                      free of charge for students and government employees

08.30    Registration open - Welcome Coffee

09.00    Welcome

               Dr. Vincent Lenders, armasuisse S+T, Director CYD Campus

               Dr. Mathias Humbert, armasuisse S+T, CYD Campus

09.15    Prof. Claudia Diaz, Professor at KU Leuven

10.00    Coffee Break - networking

10.30    Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson, VP Technology at Kudelski Security,

               Managing director and co-founder at Teserakt

11.15    Dr. Fabio Ricciato, European Commission

12.00    Lunch with demo/poster session

13.30    Prof. Srdjan Capkun, Professor at ETH Zurich

14.15    Prof. Dimitar Jetchev, CTO and co-founder at Inpher

15.00    Coffee Break - networking

15.30    Prof. Carmela Troncoso, Professor at EPF Lausanne

16.15    Dr. Daniel Seiler, Deputy Head at Swiss Federal Department
               of Foreign Affairs

17.00    Wrap-up

armasuisse Science and Technology
Cyber-Defence Campus
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun