Prof. dr. ir. Frank Piessens
Frank Piessens is a professor at the Department of Computer Science of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. His research interests lie in software security, including security in operating systems and middleware, architectures, applications, Java and .NET, and software interfaces to security technologies.
He is an active participant in both fundamental research and industrial application-driven projects, provides consultancy to industry on distributed system security and serves on programme committees for various security-related international scientific conferences.
Frank teaches software security at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and at various academic and industrial conferences.
Building on sand: secure software on insecure platforms?
A software program is never a stand-alone entity. It runs on a platform, such as an operating system, a virtual machine, an application server, or a heterogeneous, distributed combination of these as in "the web platform".
Obviously the security of software applications depends heavily on the security of these supporting infrastructural components.
In this talk, we investigate this dependency. How secure are today's platforms? How can applications compensate for the lack of platform security? Can security mechanisms in the platform compensate for application-level vulnerabilities? How should platform security evolve in the future?