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Biological sequence alignment and IT security - presentation on Confidence 2010 2.0 conference

30.11.2010 Besides their everyday work devoted to securing the infrastructure of PSNC and PIONIER & POZMAN networks, as well as participation to R&D projects, PSNC Security team conduct a lot of research, which is often not related with IT security at first glance.

Recently, Mateusz Drygas and Tomasz Nowak have been investigating the opportunity of applying tools for biological sequence alignment to optimize fuzzing techniques (namely - to support recognition the structures of file formats and network protocols. It appears that after having transformed particular concept from the world of networking towards the area of biological sequence alignment, it is possible to use free and well-proven bioinformatics tools in order to significantly accelerate the analysis of acquired network traffic.

We presented the results of the research during the international IT security conference - Confidence 2010 2.0 that took place in Prague (Czech Republic) on November 29-30.

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Security tests of Web browsers

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26.10.2010 Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center Security Team conducted a set of comparative tests of Web browsers, addressing resilience to attacks on SSL/TLS encrypted tunnels. Particular emphasis was put on if the browsers are able to detect those attacks at all and how the user is informed (including the users without specialized knowledge on IT issues).

5 most popular browsers were tested, in alphabetical order: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. It may be clearly seen that the vendors aim to create for their users conditions that would allow them to browse the Web in a secure way. However, the implementation of that goal varies between particular browsers (and sometimes is quite heterogenic within single applications).

We encourage you to download the detailed report (PDF, 3.3 MB). Currently it is available in Polish, but the authors will prepare an English, shortened version soon.

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GN3 project: security training for the developers

23.06.2010. PSNC Security Team took a key part in preparing a complex, two-day training on secure programming that was organized in Poznań for the participants of one of the largest European research projects: GN3. Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, as the operator of Polish National Research and Education Network (PIONIER), is the only Polish research center participating in this project.

The training covered best practices of secure programming, appropriate using of solutions increasing the level of security, as well as a detailed review of particular types of security vulnerabilities and selected automated source code scanners.

The training was assumed for GN3 project participants, but - because the prepared presentations will be useful for all developers - we have been allowed to share them. They are available as PDF files and are partially aggregated.
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About the team:

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Security Team of PSNC is a dedicated group of highly skilled professionals. The main goal of the Team is to enforce an appropriate security level of the IT infrastructure at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center as well as Polish Optical Internet Network PIONIER. Besides of the operational work, members of the team are also engaged in several research projects in which their knowledge and experience is often invaluable.

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Security tests of Web browsers
PSNC Security Team conducted a set of comparative tests of Web browsers, addressing resilience to attacks on SSL/TLS
We encourage you to take a look on our detailed report (currently in Polish only).

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GN3 project: security training for the developers
PSNC Security Team took a key part in preparing a complex, two-day training on secure programming that was organized in Poznań for the participants of one of the largest European research projects: GN3.

We encourage you to download the prepared presentations.

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Related topics:

Security services
New PSNC Security Team Security Services catalogue is available in Services section
Catalogue (in Polish)

On-line shopping security
PSNC Security Team decided to take a closer look at electronic shopping service. The result of our work is a report (in Polish).

Internet Banking
Report about internet banking security status in Poland is available here and the reaction in media here