Monday, September 26, 2016
Heraklion (Crete, Greece)

The 21st European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) was held in the city of Heraklion, Crete, Greece on September 28-30, 2016. Along with the symposium, five workshops were held:

  1. The 11th International Workshop on Data Privacy Management (DPM 2016) .
  2. The 12th International Workshop on Security and Trust Management (STM 2016) .
  3. The 5th International Workshop on Quantitative Aspects of Security Assurance (QASA 2016) .
  4. The Workshop on the Security of Industrial Control Systems and of Cyber-Physical Systems (CyberICPS) .
  5. The International Workshop on Secure Internet of Things (SIoT 2016) .
Additionally, the 10th WISTP International Conference on Information Security Theory and Practice was co-located at the same venue on September 26-27, 2016.

Three keynote presentations were scheduled, on for each day of the event. In the first day of the symposium, Adrian Perrig (Professor at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland) presented a next-generation Internet architecture, SCION, that offers security and privacy by design. Then, Panagiotis Papadimitratos (Associate Professor at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden) delivered a keynote on how to bridge theory and practice in order to secure wireless networks. Finally, Ernesto Damiani's (Director of the Information Security Research Center at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, and leader of the Big Data Initiative at the Etisalat British Telecom Innovation Center) keynote presentation was related to leakage and disclosure risk control in Big Data applications.

Some of the key topics of the symposium included but were not limited to network and web security, authentication, encrypted search, detection and monitoring, cryptography for cloud computing, operating systems security, information flow, attacks, leakage management and obfuscation, economics of security and data privacy.

Springer sponsored the award distribution for the most profound papers that were presented during the Symposium. The paper with title “Privacy, Discovery, and Authentication for the Internet of Things”, authored by David J. Wu, Ankur Taly, Asim Shankar and Dan Boneh was granted with an Outstanding Paper Award. The second Outstanding Paper Award was given to Marc Juarez, Mohsen Imani, Mike Perry, Claudia Diaz and Matthew Wright for their paper “Toward an Efficient Website Fingerprinting Defense”. Moreover, Catherine Meadows received the Outstanding Contribution Award and, Steven M. Bellovin was honored with the the Outstanding Research Award. Also, the 2016 STM Award for the Best PhD Thesis on Security and Trust Management was granted to Alexandra Dmitrienko for the thesis with title “Security and Privacy Aspects of Mobile Platforms and Applications”.

The CIPSEC project was represented at, and contributed to, ESORICS by FORTH. Sotiris Ioannidis, the Technical Manager of CIPSEC organized ESORICS as General Chair. The topics of the keynote presentations were selected as to have topics related to the problems addressed by the CIPSEC Consortium. Furthermore, during the event there was active promotion of CIPSEC via posters, social media, and other material.