Invitation Workshop ‘Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud’ 14 January 2021

We are pleased to invite you to the interactive workshop “Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud” (DUSAC) on 14 January 2021. The second edition of this workshop focusses specifically on the security needs and challenges of various industry sectors like finance, insurance, software, high tech system integrators, health, etc. Representatives from these sectors are cordially invited to attend and discuss their needs and challenges with academia and industry partners.

DUSAC: Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud

The goal of the workshop is to develop an ambitious national project proposal within the Long Term Programmes grant (KIC 2020-2023, first deadline: 26 January 2021). The ambition of DUSAC is to develop a sovereign transparent secure computing environment where the whole vertical stack from the hardware layer to the higher software layers is secured. The vertical integration of security is transparent and depends minimally on modules/components that are produced/fabricated out of our control. We provide a scalable distributed computing infrastructure which brings computing to the edge that we can trust (secure, fair, available, high performance, digital autonomy).

This opens new opportunities. A trusted responsible high performance infrastructure allows industries to benefit from its service which, if not available, would otherwise require a large investment in private development of such an environment. Besides such cost reduction, using such a trusted infrastructure goes beyond secure data sharing and exchange. It offers secure joint computation with specifications about usage rights for computed results (that explain when a computed result is allowed to be accessed by a participating party). Transparent handling of security by means of open-source implementations and well defined security guarantees with respect to adversarial models generates consumer trust – in turn leading to the availability of more valuable consumer data.

We envision the trusted infrastructure to fundamentally change our society as a whole because it takes away some of the fear due to lack of trust that has accumulated because of cyberattacks, computer viruses, malware, privacy leakage, etc. Our approach is multidisciplinary involving policy and governance and business models that analyse security as a differentiator. Our consortium develops the security and system aspects of the next generation cybersecurity infrastructure.


The workshop will take place online on 14 January 2021 from 1.00 to 4.00 pm. If you want to attend this event please register here: REGISTRATION

More information about the LTP call can be found here:

You are very much welcome!

Yours sincerely,

Marten van Dijk (CWI), Herbert Bos (VU), Michel van Eeten (TU Delft), Bart Jacobs (RU Nijmegen), Cees de Laat (UvA), Alexandru Iosup (VU), Paola Grosso (UvA), Francesco Regazzoni (UvA), Rob van Nieuwpoort (UvA), Harold Weffers (TU/e), Aiko Pras (UT), Tijs van der Storm (CWI)