This workshop will bring together key Canadian researchers in the field of assembly and source code analysis for reverse engineering. It will allow them to present and discuss with the participating government and industry representatives the state‐of‐the‐art research results and gaps in this domain. A keynote presentation will be givien by Dr. Jose Nazario, Senior Manager of Security Research with Arbor Networks. In addition, this workshop will allow the government and industry representatives to express their needs in the area of assembly and source code analysis. This will serve to shape and prioritize the research and development efforts that will ultimately lead to efficient and practical tools through joint research initiatives. The themes to be covered during the workshop include the following two reverse engineering capability gaps:

1.  Automated analysis and comparison of assembly code

To accelerate the reverse engineering process, new analysis techniques are needed to automatically identify the shared code between  unknown assembly code and previously analyzed samples.

2.  Integration of information resources for correlation

Existing sources of software analyzed at the assembly code level are stored in several unstructured collections and are primarily designed to be read by humans. Their manual consultation is ineffective. Therefore, they need to be indexed into an integrated and machine‐oriented database on which analysis techniques can be applied.

In the longer term, bringing together researchers will increase collaboration with the objective of reaching a critical mass. This consolidation of expertise will accelerate the progress in the field of assembly and source code analysis and position Canada as a leader on the international scene in this area. Also, meeting with representatives from the government and the industry will allow Canadian researchers to focus their work on solving high‐priority problems. This in turn will help the government and industry to provide stimuli to researchers and similarly excel in their high‐technology mandate.