The Danish Ministry of Defence funds two projects at The IT University of Copenhagen
The national ICT-security authority under the Danish Ministry of Defence, The Danish Centre for Cyber Security, has funded two new projects at ITU's Center for Information Security and Trust (CISAT). Both projects support the national ambition of raising the level of cybersecurity in private and public companies.
The Danish Centre for Cyber Security has funded ASCD (short for The Assessment on the Status of CyberSecurity in Denmark) and the establishment of the Working Group in Adversarial AI and Adversarial Machine Learning. The head of Center for Information Security and Trust (CISAT) at the IT University of Copenhagen, Professor Carsten Schürmann, is pleased that the IT University is supporting the government's strategic ambition of raising the level cybersecurity in Denmark.
- It is clear that cybersecurity needs to be prioritized in order for Denmark to stay competitive - and to continue to be safe place for us all to be. The inclusion of academics is key to make that happen, he says.
The Assessment on the Status of Cybersecurity in Denmark
The first project, ASCD, researchers from the IT University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark will study existing cybersecurity and privacy protection practices used in large Danish companies and SMEs. One of the Principal Investigators of the project, assistant professor at the IT University, Oksana Kulyk, expects the investigations and reports of the project to be useful to support informed decisions on what, where, and how to invest to improve and secure the critical and not critical applications in the Danish context, including how to address privacy issues that are becoming especially relevant in light of the introduction of the GDPR.
- It is important to have a systematic understanding of the current status of awareness and the use of secure and privacy-preserving methods among Danish companies, as well as understanding of the root causes of challenges companies experience. We need that in order to raise the general level of the cyber security in the large companies as well as the SME's, says Oksana Kulyk.
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Working Group in Adversarial AI and Adversarial Machine Learning
The second project is the establishment of the Working Group in Adversarial AI and Adversarial Machine Learning with in the Center of Information Security and Trust at the IT University of Copenhagen. The working group will facilitate the communication between public and private Danish stakeholders, who use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in their decision making, to reflect, understand, quantify the risks of cyberattacks through adversarial learning and misuse. The principal investigator of the project, Professor Carsten Schürmann, expects that the working group will produce a set of useful recommendations for Danish industry and the public sector.
- This is an area in cybersecurity that is relatively young, but extremely important, as many companies and governmental agencies are moving towards automated decision-making systems based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. By establishing this working group, we will be able to explore together with the stakeholders directly affected, the risks that this technology brings along. Not every AI system is equally vulnerable to AI based attacks, and we will hopefully have the opportunity to evaluate the robustness of some of the AI systems in use in Danish industry and governmental organizations, he says.
Learn more about or join in as a member of the CISAT Working Group in Adversarial AI and Adversarial Machine Learning
Carsten Schürmann, Professor, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jari Kickbusch, phone 7218 5304, email email@example.com