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Stefano Zanero

I received a "laurea” (M.Sc.) and subsequently a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico of Milano university. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the same university. My current research interests include malware analysis, cyber-physical systems security, and the analysis of the underground economy fuelling attacks. My research group attracted approximately 800kEUR of financing over 4 years.

I have been a speaker at international scientific and technical conferences, including the Black Hat briefings, CanSecWest, DeepSec, Hack In The Box. I have authored or co-authored over 35 papers published in international, peer reviewed journals and conferences. I am an associate editor of the "Journal in Computer Virology", and act as a reviewer for various primary international conferences and journals. I am a senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the IEEE Computer Society, and I am serving and have served in various volunteer positions at an international level. I am also a lifetime member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

I had the honor of being a founding member of the Italian Chapter of ISSA, and of subsequently serving as an International Director over the past 4 years. Recently, I was named a Senior Member of our association.

In a past life, I have been a columnist for Computer World Italy, and I have been awarded a journalism award in 2003 as the best technical journalist in Italy.

In 2004 I co-founded Secure Network, a high-profile information security training and consulting company based in Milan, which currently employs 7 people and engages in penetration testing and forensic analysis for large banks and corporations in Italy and in EMEA. In 2010 I co-founded 18months, a startup currently in its stealth mode.

Statement of Goals

Over the past 2 years, I spent most of the volunteer time I dedicate to my Director position to build (with the help of our management staff and of my fellow Directors and members working in the committees) our association's International Conference, which is growing to become one of ISSA's most significant activities at the International level.

If elected, I will continue devoting time to the development of the event, also helping its launch in a European edition foreseen for late 2012 – early 2013.

I believe that ISSA can still grow strongly outside of the United States, and if elected, I plan to devote my attention to membership development in the EU area, which I know most. As the European Commission has shown growing attention to the topics of information security, both in the research area (with dedicated budgets) and in the industrial and citizen awareness area (for instance with the creation of ENISA), ISSA could and should be visible, at the Commission level, as a trusted source and partner for security initiatives.

I am also a strong believer in partnerships, and I'd like to encourage the ISSA board to explore the possibilities of partnering with the IEEE and the ACM, and with other respected professional organization in the ICT area, in order to better serve our members with benefits and events of their interest.

I strongly believe that we are still under-exploiting the networking potential of ISSA. If elected, I will contribute to the efforts to evolve Connect into a platform that can really foster networking among members.

Finally, I think ISSA is missing out on the younger members of the profession, in particular those starting from a technical approach. I think that ISSA can grow in its standing if it helps bridging the gap between seasoned professionals and managers, and young, bright thinkers with potentially novel solutions in their mind. We need to be present in colleges and universities, and to develop mentoring programs that allow student members to become better professionals.

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