The FORWARD Emerging ICT Threats Whitebook


FORWARD is a coordination action (CA) to promote collaboration and partnership between researchers from academia and industry who are involved in the protection of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures against cyber threats such as malicious code (viruses, botnets, and spyware), spam, and phishing.

A major objective of the FORWARD project is to identify relevant, future threats that have the potential to compromise the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Europe's ICT infrastructures. Moreover, the project aims to provide guidance and priorities to policymakers to initiate the necessary research actions to mitigate these threats.

The FORWARD Whitebook

As a main result of the project, the white book contains detailed and concrete scenarios of how adversaries can leverage the emerging threats identified by the FORWARD project working groups to carry out their malicious actions. The idea is that these scenarios illustrate future dangers and provide arguments to policy makers that are needed to support research in critical areas.

Click here to download the FORWARD whitebook.

Presentation of the Emerging ICT Threats Whitebook

Presentation Venue

European Commission
Information Society and Media Directorate-General
Room: BU25 00/S1
Avenue du Beaulieu 25
B-1160 Brussels

Presentation Schedule

Friday January 22, 2010

09:00-09:30 Mario Campolargo,
Director, Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures Directorate, EC
Welcome address
09:30-10:00 Christopher Kruegel,
Introduction to FORWARD project
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 FORWARD Partners
Presentation and ranking of emerging threats
11:30-12:00 John Ioannidis,
Google Inc.
Cloud Computing: Threats (Perceived and Real), and how to Reconcile the Two
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Kostas Anagnostakis,
Vulnerability Amplification in Large-scale Systems
13:30-14:30 FORWARD Partners
Presentation of scenarios (effects of large-scale attacks) from the white book
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-16:00 Jacques Bus,
Head of Unit "Trust & Security in ICT Research" at EC
Emerging Threats from a Research Policy Maker's Perspective