Martin Mulazzani and Sebastian Neuner are invited to hold a talk at this years ISIS Summit Vienna 2015 (is4is), which will take place from 3-7 June 2015 in Vienna. The talk will be about ethics in IT security research, especially the question where to draw the line between unethical behviour and valuable research work.
Abstact: Research in IT security often comes with decisions and possibilities that may or may not be considered ethical. However, it is often hard for young researchers to estimate the impact of their work, possible consequences and overall morality, as well as to where to draw the line. In some cases it is likely that more than hundreds of thousands of users will be affected, and it is unclear what is in their best interest: removal of a threat? Or rather a deeper analysis of the threat, which could prevent further vulnerabilities or attacks that are similar? In most cases, this decision is then left to the advisor who may have conflicting interests.
Saturday, June 6, 2015