World Password Day: see how you can improve yours
Today, 05 May, we celebrate World Password Day. As Security and Privacy is one of the main research foci at INESC-ID, and one of the institute’s major Thematic Lines, we wanted to give our contribution to improving the strength and performance of everyone’s passwords.
Miguel Correia — researcher within the Distributed, Parallel and Secure Systems (DPSS) INESC-ID Research Area and Strategic Coordinator of the Security and Privacy Thematic Line — suggests using “strings of at least 10 characters that do not appear in a dictionary as passwords, mixing letters, digits and signs”.
“The two main problems with textual passwords are [that] most people choose predictable passwords (even the ones they think they don’t) and [that] most people reuse passwords between different services” commented João Ferreira, INESC-ID researcher within the Automated Reasoning and Software Reliability (ARSR) Research Area. João Ferreira is also one of the Principal Investigators of the PassCert Project (which aims to “build an open-source, proof-of-concept [password manager] that through the use of formal verification, is guaranteed to satisfy properties on data storage and password generation”), a CMU Portugal Exploratory Research Project.
From the perspective of a user creating an efficient password, João Ferreira has a few suggestions:
- Use at least 12 characters, using at least two or three different classes (between lowercase, uppercase, digits and symbols);
- Characters must appear in unpredictable positions — i.e., avoid putting capital letters at the beginning of the password and numbers/digits at the end of the password;
- Avoid using dictionary words or familiar expressions (e.g. sayings, parts of song lyrics, etc.);
- Do not use patterns like “1234” or “abcd” or keyboard patterns like “qwerty” or “cvbnm” or acronyms like “SCP”, “SLB” or “FCP”;
- Ensure the chosen password does not appear in any known “data breaches” (e.g., use something like Pwned Passwords).
Happy World Password Day!
Research data repositories and tools for human genomics data sharing
Inform the human research community of the status and availability of BioData.pt Local EGA and discuss its need and usability challenges.
The European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) is a repository for all sequence and genotype experiment types, including case-control, population, and family studies. The EGA will serve as a permanent archive that will archive several levels of data, including the raw data (which could, for example, be re-analysed in the future by other algorithms) as well as the genotype calls provided by the submitters.
Responding to national regulations over human data sharing and other constraints, BioData.pt deploys and operates a Local EGA instance and tools that allow data discovery of genomic and phenoclinic data, following the GA4GH standard and international best practices.
This workshop aims at informing the human research community of the status and availability of BioData.pt Local EGA and discuss from several perspectives its need and usability challenges.
Further details and registration are available here.
OLISSIPO Summer School in Lisbon | Computational phylogenetics to analyse the evolution of cells and communities
We are happy to announce the OLISSIPO Summer School on Computational phylogenetics to analyse the evolution of cells and communities, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, at INESC-ID, between July 2-7, 2023.
David Posada, University of Vigo (class)
João Alves, University of Vigo (hands-on)
Nadia El-Mabrouk, Université de Montréal (class)
Mattéo Delabre, Université de Montréal (hands-on)
Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Claremont McKenna College (class and hands-on)
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (class and hands-on)
See the preliminary agenda at: https://olissipo.inesc-id.pt/tree-tango-school
Registration is mandatory. You can register at: https://forms.gle/VsASFHW5E7MJvaCc9
The registration fee is 250€ for students and OLISSIPO members and 350€ for postdocs or other researchers (meals indicated at the schedule of the school are included, accommodation and flights are not). All details will be made available upon registration.
We will have slots for flash talks (3-10 min depending on the number of submissions) to present yourself and the work you have been developing in your research.
The 13th Lisbon Machine Learning School | LxMLS 2023
The Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School (LxMLS) takes place yearly at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). LxMLS 2023 will be a 6-day event (14-20 July, 2023), scheduled to take place as an in-person event.
The school covers a range of machine learning topics, from theory to practice, that are important in solving natural language processing problems arising in different application areas. It is organized jointly by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a leading Engineering and Science school in Portugal, the Instituto de Telecomunicações, the Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), the Lisbon ELLIS Unit for Learning and Intelligent Systems (LUMLIS), Unbabel, Zendesk, and IBM Research.
Check online for information about past editions: LxMLS 2011, LxMLS 2012, LxMLS 2013, LxMLS 2014, LxMLS 2015, LxMLS 2016, LxMLS 2017, LxMLS 2018, LxMLS 2019, LxMLS 2020, LxMLS 2021, LxMLS 2022 (you can also watch the videos of the lectures for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020).
31st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2023)
The 31st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2023) conference provides a forum for research and developments in the field of information systems. The theme of ISD 2023 is “Information systems development, organizational aspects and societal trends”. New trends in developing information systems emphasize the continuous collaboration between developers and operators in order to optimize the software delivery time. The conference promotes research on methodological and technological issues and how IS developers and operators are transforming organizations and society through information systems.
The ISD 2023 conference held this year also provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to promote their research, practical experience, and to discuss issues related to Information Systems through papers, posters, and journal-first paper presentations.
ISD 2023 will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 30–September 1, 2023.