It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 4th Network and Information Security (NIS'11) Summer School, taking place in Crete, Greece, 27 June - 1 July 2011. This event, having a different "special theme" every year, is jointly organised by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (ICS-FORTH).
The theme for this year is "The Challenge of the Changing Risk Landscape".
The Changing Risk Landscape refers to the dynamics, dependencies and complexity inherent to Information Technology. In this context, the changing security “ecosystem” is the one of the main challenges of Information Security. The relevant community needs to speed-up reaction, collaboration and information exchange in order to achieve timely and effective response to the challenges involved. This indeed seems to be the only option for Information Security in the continuous race of defense strategies to offer adequate protection against offense attempts.
ENISA is dedicated to promoting a culture of security in Europe that will improve the ability of EU Member States to respond to cyber-attacks. It does so, by pursuing a strategy of mitigating risks through awareness, studies, reports and position papers on current NIS matters. Towards this objective, ENISA and ICS-FORTH, a research institute devoted to advancing the State-of-the-Art in ICT, bring together in this Summer School a distinguished faculty from around the world with the purpose to identify current trends, threats and opportunities against the background of recent advances on NIS measures and policies.
Recognising the multi-dimensional facets and intricacies causing changes in the information risks landscape, an array of lectures will cover a variety of key aspects on policy, economic, legal and research matters. The audience includes policy makers from EU Member States and EU Institutions, decision makers from industry and members of the academic community.
By going through a natural evolution cycle, but also by adopting current trends in networking and exchange of knowledge, this year’s Summer School aims at increasing interaction among participants. Targeted breakout sessions will enhance dialogue and exchange of ideas, while cutting edge security issues will be collected before the event through publicly accessible fora and will be channelled to the discussions. Wrap-ups of these interactive sessions will be worked out and distributed during the event.
We would like to thank our keynote speakers, facilitators and faculty for contributing to a programme of such high quality, and we are confident that the participants of NIS'11 will both benefit from, and enjoy the programme.
Dr. Udo Helmbrecht
Executive Director of ENISA
Director of FORTH-ICS