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Good practice in security and protection of digital data for young researchers

Digital data are precious for the young researcher because they often constitute the raw material of his/her work. A major challenge for the researcher will be to guarantee the durability of the data while respecting the institutional rules and the laws in force (LIPAD, RGPD). This is a major challenge since it implies not only a routine of good practices (backup, password, updating, etc.), but also a broader knowledge of the security issues of the digital society around data (hacking, phishing, etc.).


At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply good practice in digital data security
  • Have an overview of the rules and laws on digital data protection
  • Have been exposed to a simulated cyber-attack


  • Security criteria
  • Data protection
  • Awareness of cyber‑attacks, hacking, phishing, …
  • Institutional and legal framework (LIPAD, RGPD, others)


  • Free for doctorate students and postdocs from University of Geneva and IHEID

Practical information

  • Number of participants: 20 (min. 8)
  • Languages: English
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the module.


  • Eduardo Solana is a lecturer in cryptography and security at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Geneva, where he created one of the first university courses in this field in Switzerland in the 1990s. Among others, he has worked for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a global expert for authentication solutions. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of cryptography and information security in both the private and academic sectors. During his long career, Dr. Solana has advised multinational companies and governments on issues related to his field of expertise. He has been a speaker at numerous international symposia and congresses and regularly participates in information and disclosure programmes on cyber security in the media.
  • Alexandre-Quentin Berger is an assistant and doctoral student in the TCS (Theoretical Computer Science) laboratory at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Geneva. With thirteen years of studies and eight years of teaching experience, he is also regularly involved in student associations, student counselling or the improvement of the proposed courses and curricula. His field of research and teaching is theoretical computer science, and is mainly centred around two axes: complexity and game theory, and cryptography and computer security.

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 Arik Levy


 Eduardo Solana

 Alexandre-Quentin Berger