SBA Research is a research center for Information Security funded partly by the national initiative for COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies. Within a network of more than 70 companies, 15 Austrian and international universities and research institutions, and many additional international research partners we jointly work on research challenges ranging from organizational to technical security to strengthen Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities.
ISIS @ TU Wien IAIK @ TU Graz DKE @ Uni Wien NM @ WU Wien FH St. Pölten AIT


Information Security Knowledge Management Survey

We kindly ask you to participate in our information security knowledge management survey. The survey is conducted by publicly-funded research institutions SBA Research (AT), Newcastle University (UK), and Vienna University of Technology (AT). We conduct the survey to explore potential ways of enabling companies and professionals to share information security knowledge through the application of collaborative semantic web technologies. The aggregated survey results will be published within publically-accessible research publications.


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APARSEN project starts on Jan 1, 2011

Digital preservation (DP) offers the economic and social benefits associated with the long-term preservation of information, knowledge and know-how for re-use by current as well as later generations. However, digital preservation has a great problem, namely that preservation support structures are built on projects which are short lived and is fragmented. The unique feature of APARSEN is that it is building on the already established Alliance for Permanent Access (APA), a membership organization of major European stakeholders in digital data and digital preservation. These stakeholders have come together to create a shared vision and framework for a sustainable digital information infrastructure providing permanent access to digitally encoded information. To this self-sustaining grouping APARSEN will add a wide range of other experts in digital preservation including academic, and commercial researchers, as well as researchers in other cross-European organizations. The members of the consortium already undertake research in digital preservation individually but even here the effort is fragmented despite smaller groupings of these organizations working together in specific EU and national projects. APARSEN will help to combine and integrate these programes into a shared program of work, thereby creating the pre-eminent virtual research center in digital preservation in Europe, if not the World. The Joint Programme of Activity will lead to:

• The integration of the majority of the research activities in DP within a common vision and common terminology and evidence standard
• A common agreement of the services needed for preservation, access and most importantly re-use of data holdings over the whole lifecycle;
• Embedding of legal and economic issues, including costs, governance issues and digital rights in digital preservation
• A discipline of data curators with appropriate qualifications recognized across Europe, and well defined support services

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Stichting European Alliance for Permanent Access
European Organization for Nuclear Research
Stichting Secretariaat van de International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers
FTK Forschungsinstitut für Telekommunikation e.V
CSC – Tieteen tietotekniikan keskus Oy
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Digital Preservation Coalition limited by Guarantee*DPC
Alfred-Wegener-Institut fuer Polar- und Meeresforschung
The British Library
European Space Agency
Koninklijke nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen-Knaw
Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Stichting LIBER Foundation
Consorzio interuniversitario nazionale per l’informatica
InConTec GmbH
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
Globit – Global Information Technology GmbH
Microsoft Research (Cambridge Lab)
Philips Consumer Lifestyle B.V.
Airbus Operations SAS
INMARK Estudios y Estrategias S.A.
Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale-nuove tecnologie per i beni culturali
Luleå University of Technology
University degli studi di Trento
Tessella PLC
IBM Israel – Science and technology ltd
SBA Research
Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
University of Patras

Mumia project

The tremendous power and speed of current search engines to respond, almost instantaneously to millions of user queries on a daily basis is one of the greatest successes of the past decade. While this technology empowers users need to extract relevant information from the hundreds of thousands of terabytes of existing data available on the web, the next decade presents many new grand challenges. This next wave of search technology is faced with even greater demands, not only in terms of volume of requests, but also in terms of the changes to the content available, and the dynamics of Web 2.0+ data being produced. These increased and new demands mean that search technology must be able to search, filter, extract, combine, integrate, and process multiple and distributed sources of multilingual content, delivered to an even wider global audience and variety of population. Inevitably, Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MUMIA) research and development will be a key part of the next generation of search technology. Machine Translation (MT), Information Retrieval (IR) and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MIIA) are three disciplines which address the main components of MUMIA. However, relevant research, which is vitally important for the development of next generation search systems, is fragmented. This Action will launch a much needed initiative to coordinate the collaboration between these disciplines, fostering research and technology transfer in these areas and play an important role in the definition of the future of search. To form a common basis for collaboration the domain of patent retrieval has been selected as it provides highly sophisticated and information intensive search tasks that have significant economic ramifications; as well as providing a large scale unifying test bed of multilingual and dynamic data. This Action will explore innovative frameworks to empower the synergies from the disparate research fields of MT/IR/MIIA within the specific context of patent search and other next generation Web applications.

Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki
Information Retrieval Facility
Dublin City University
Univ. of Duissburg-Essen
Univ. of Sheffield
Univ. “Al.I.Cuza” Iasi
University of Santiago de Compostela
University of Amsterdam
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS)
Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
LIG (laboatoire d’Inforamtique de Grenoble), University of Grenoble
Centrum voor Wiskunde & Informatica
INRIA Futurs
University of Tampere, Department of Information Studies and Interactive Media
University of Glasgow
Barcelona Media Innovation Centre (FBM-UPF)
Information Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) of the Italian National Research Council

EU projects!

Andreas Rauber has been very successful. He brought several new EU projects to the center: APARSEN, TIMBUS and Mumia. Moreover, we will start with INMOTOS and we hope to attract one or two ERCIM fellows.
…more information will be posted soon…

Martin Mulazzani at Purdue University

Martin Mulazzani will work the next months at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN with Prof. Elisa Bertino and Prof. Christina Nita-Rotaru.


We are attending CCS 2010 in Chicago and present a poster and a paper at the AISec Workshop.

Japan‐Austria Joint Workshop on ‘ICT’

Edgar Weippl gives a talk on information security at the joint workshop organized by FWF and JST in Tokyo.

ISecLab Blog

The researchers of ISecLab, among them Engin Kirda, just launched a nice blog;

D-A-CH Security

On Sep 21 and 22, SBA and the Vienna University of Technology host the D-A-CH Security conference. The proceedings have been edited by Peter Schartner and Edgar Weippl (more…)

Edgar Weippl joined the editorial board of Computers & Security (COSE)

Elsevier Advanced Technologies publishes 8 issues of Computers & Security (COSE) annually; the journal began publication in 1981, and is concluding publication of volume 29.  It is the oldest journal in print in the area of computing and information security and privacy.   Beginning in 1983, COSE became the official journal of the International Federation for Information Processing,  Technical Committee 11 on Security and Protection in Information Processing Systems (IFIP TC-11). Gene Spafford is the new editor in chief and he made some updates of the editorial board.

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