TREsPASS Winter School on Security of Socio-Technical Systems



January 13-15, 2016, Copenhagen Area, Denmark

Application Deadline: November 27, 2015

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Organized and supported by the TREsPASS project


Organizers: Christian W Probst (Technical University of Denmark), Rene Rydhof Hansen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Location: DTU ComputeTechnical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Attacks on organisations are no longer purely technical. Attacks like StuxNet involve technical and human factors, and they damage physical infrastructure. The recent attack on a German steel mill was a combination of both targeted phishing emails and social engineering attacks. The phishing helped the hackers extract information they used to gain access to the plant's office network and then its production systems. As a result, the technical infrastructure of the mill suffered severe damage.

The attack on the German steel mill illustrates that we need to integrate the social and technical aspects of systems in assessing their security - and we need to do so today. Socio-technical systems pose new challenges by combining parts for which we often understand the security issues; the combined system is however much more complex due to interactions between these parts.

The TREsPASS Winter School 2016 adresses these challenges of analysing and guaranteeing security in socio-technical systems. Read more at