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Toward Digital Asset Protection
November/December 2011 (vol. 26 no. 6)
pp. 8-13
Christian Collberg, University of Arizona
Jack Davidson, University of Virginia
Roberto Giacobazzi, University of Verona, Italy
Yuan Xiang Gu, Irdeto, Canada
Amir Herzberg, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Fei-Yue Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The goal of software protection (SP) research is to make software safe from malicious attacks by preventing adversaries from tampering, reverse engineering, and illegally redistributing software. The Digital Asset Protection Association (DAPA) was launched in July 2011 to address the challenges of such attacks and SP research in general. As DAPA activities and efforts get underway, the ultimate goal is to establish standards and baseline definitions for SP research and to promote coordinated, open efforts among academia and industry.

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Index Terms:
intelligent systems, software protection, malicious attacks, digital asset protection, cryptography, Digital Asset Protection Association, man-at-the-end (MATE) attacks, computer security
Citation:
Christian Collberg, Jack Davidson, Roberto Giacobazzi, Yuan Xiang Gu, Amir Herzberg, Fei-Yue Wang, "Toward Digital Asset Protection," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 8-13, Nov.-Dec. 2011, doi:10.1109/MIS.2011.106
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