RomHack Conference

RomHack Conference 2024 Agenda

Sat, 28 Sept 2024 in Rome, Italy

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RomHack 2024 opening and closing

Carola Frediani, Gerardo Di Giacomo and Cyber Saiyan

Welcome & opening remarks

10:15 – 10:30

Carola Bio

Carola Frediani has written about hacking, surveillance and cybercrime for Italian and foreign publications. She then went on to work as a cybersecurity awareness manager in international organisations. She joined the global security team at Amnesty International and is now an Infosec technologist at Human Rights Watch. She writes the free weekly newsletter Guerre di Rete, which analyses news and stories on cyber and digital rights. The newsletter has since evolved into an independent information project, Guerredirete.it, created together with the association Cyber Saiyan.

Gerardo Bio
Lorenzo Cavallaro

Lorenzo Cavallaro

Trustworthy AI… for Systems Security

[ keynote | ML | malware ]

10:30 – 11:20

No day goes by without reading machine learning (ML) success stories across various application areas. Systems security is no exception, where ML’s tantalizing performance leave one to wonder whether there are any unsolved problems left. However, machine learning has no real clairvoyant abilities and once the magic wears off, we’re left in uncharted territory. Is machine learning truly capable of ensuring systems security? After sharing its foundation, in this talk, Lorenzo will illustrate some of the challenges in the context of adversarial ML evasion attacks against malware classifiers. He’ll first see that the classic formulation is ill-suited for reasoning about how to generate realizable evasive malware. Then, he’ll provide a deep dive into recent work that provides a reformulation of the problem and enables more principled attack designs and defenses. Implications are interesting, as the framework facilitates reasoning around end-to-end attacks that can generate real-world adversarial malware, at scale, that evades both vanilla and hardened classifiers, thus calling for novel defenses. Ultimately, Lorenzo’s aim is to foster a deeper understanding of machine learning’s role in systems security and its potential for future advancements.

Lorenzo Bio

Lorenzo Cavallaro is a Full Professor of Computer Science at University College London (UCL), where he leads the Systems Security Research Lab. He grew up on pizza, spaghetti, and Phrack, and soon developed a passion for underground and academic research. Lorenzo’s research vision is to enhance the effectiveness of machine learning for systems security in adversarial settings. He works with his team to investigate the interplay between program analysis abstractions, representations, and ML models, and their crucial role in creating Trustworthy AI for Systems Security. Lorenzo publishes at and sits on the Program Committee of top-tier conferences in computer security and ML and received the Distinguished Paper Award at USENIX Security 2022. He is Associate Editor of ACM TOPS, IEEE TDSC, and Computer & Security. Lorenzo holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Milan and held positions at King’s College London, Royal Holloway University of London, Vrije Universitat Amsterdam, UC Santa Barbara, and Stony Brook University. In addition to his love for food, Lorenzo finds his Flow in science, music, and family.

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11:20 – 12:10

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12:10 – 13:00

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Lunch

13:00 – 14:30

It will be possible to have a lunch at the bar located inside the venue or at one of the many bars, fast food and restaurants located outside. We will provide more details to conference attendees in early September.

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14:30 – 15:20

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15:20 – 16:10

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16:10 – 17:00

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17:00 – 17:50

RomHack 2024 opening and closing

Carola Frediani, Gerardo Di Giacomo and Cyber Saiyan

Closing remarks

17:50 – 18:00

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After-Party

To start at 18:30

Circolo Tennis EUR (10 minutes by walk)