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Cloud Security Horizons (CSH) Summit

Project Silver organizes summits to facilitate the flow of technology and knowledge between our research team and commercial vendors and cloud operators. These summits are called Cloud Security Horizons (CSH). Events that foster interaction between industry and academia are frequently beneficial by merit of the (regrettably rare) dialogues and professional connections they create between the communities. Broadly speaking, they help academics understand real-world problems and technology deployment constraints. Conversely, they often bring to practitioners visibility into concepts and techniques outside or beyond current practice or mainstream. CSH is not only achieving knowledge exchange, but also serving as a springboard for technology transfer and durable industry-academic collaboration.

Project Silver held two CSH events, in 2014 and 2016, and will be holding a third in 2018. CSH is organized around a series of invited talks from researchers and practitioners, and includes three other components:

  • Cloud-security tool releases: CSH serves as a venue to preview cloud-security tools by our research team and other CSH participants. Previews are accompanied by tutorials or feedback sessions in which invitees are given hands-on demonstrations and their feedback solicited on technical and licensing refinements.
  • Vulnerability discussions: Researchers preview any cloud security vulnerabilities with potentially affected industry participants and jointly explore procedures for validation and remediation of these vulnerabilities. We believe that early, closed-door discussions engender critically productive trust among summit participants.
  • Problem distillation sessions: CSH events include sessions for specifying research problems with real-world stakeholders. Practitioners’ expressions of the technical needs of industry serve as the raw material and starting point. Researchers work with practitioners to distill out the novel research needed to address these needs. The outputs of these sessions serve as the basis for ongoing collaboration among CSH participants.

The 2018 Cloud Security Horizons Summit will be held in Cornell Tech, in New York City, Apr 5 – Apr 6, 2018.

The 2016 Cloud Security Horizons Summit was held in Cornell Tech, in New York City, Mar 31 – Apr 1, 2016.

The 2014 Cloud Security Horizons Summit was held as part of the RSA Conference on February 24, 2014.

For more information, please contact us.