Prof. Giorgio Giacinto

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Prof. Giorgio Giacinto

University of Cagliari, Italy

Prof. Giorgio Giacinto

Giorgio Giacinto is Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Cagliari, Italy. Since 1995 he joined the research group on Pattern Recognition and Applications of the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy, and from Nov. 2000 he has been appointed a permanent faculty position. 

Prof. Giacinto teaches courses on Databases, Operating Systems, and Computer Security in the MSc courses on Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Cagliari, Italy. 
Prof. Giacinto is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the ACM, and he is a member of IAPR.

Title: The Digital Future. Research and Education challenges in cybersecurity and digital forensics


The increasing “digitalisation” of our era makes our social, economic, and political lives highly dependent on computers. This complex environment is causing different and multiple weaknesses that allow malicious actors to misuse the systems and cause threats at different levels of severity. The defence is a priority for all professionals who need to be aware of the best practices and current technologies for designing secure systems and be prepared to be resilient to attacks. When facing an attack, not only damages have to be limited, but also information needs to be properly collected in order to assess the impact, locate the vulnerabilities that caused the attack, and eventually attribute the attack. In this reality, artificial intelligence plays a pivotal role in early detection and post-mortem data analysis, and its effectiveness is related to its resilience to adversarial attacks aimed at evading detection and misleading the decision process. Considerable efforts in research, education, and public awareness are needed to build a secure environment and promote trust.

The shift towards Education 4.0 has changed significantly the pressure for a learning experience that is fully aligned to a volatile employment sector. Therefore, there is a need for a revised pedagogical approach in the way digital forensic curricula are delivered and supported. The evolution of educational technologies, as well as the increasing integration of a range of hands-on experiences in the learning process means that the digital forensic programmes are enhanced with the use of Internet of Things, Immersive Learning Environments, Social Learning Networks, Augmented Virtual and Mixed Reality, Sensor Generated Data, Biometrics and new perspectives of the impact ethical, social and professional issues have on security and privacy. Such pressures triggered a significant reshaping of learning, teaching and assessment practices, with emphasis on delivery digital forensics programmes in ways that equip graduates towards seamless employability readiness. This keynote will (i) discuss the various challenges of the changing educational sector, (ii) share examples of good practice in delivering programmes within the framework of Industrial Revolution 4.0 and (iii) provide guidance for adapting new educational practices in the delivery of digital forensic programmes.