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.
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Stefanie Plieschnegger at DevFest Vienna

Stefanie Plieschnegger speaks about her Master´s thesis and FemTech internship project on Wi-Fi hotspot security at DevFest Vienna on November 25th.

Tomasz Miksa co-organised workshop on Research Data Lifecycle and Machine-actionable Data Management Plans

Tomasz Miksa and Kevin Ashley from the Digital Curation Centre in the UK organised a workshop on Research Data Lifecycle and Machine-actionable Data Management Plans that was held at the University of Vienna on the 22nd of November.

Representatives of major Austrian universities and funding institutions worked together to identify user stories representing needs of stakeholders involved in the research data management. The inputs from the participants not only contribute to an open consultation of the Research Data Alliance working group on DMP Common Standards, but also to the activities of the e-Infrastructures Austria+ project.


Slides from the workshop can be found in an open access repository


Edgar Weippl Keynote at Industry 4.0: Current Trends and Strategies

Edgar Weippl gives a keynote on Security in Production Systems Engineering in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The workshop is organized by DAAD and ASEA-UNINET.

Edgar Weippl

Best Paper Award for our paper Shimon Machida, Adrian Dabrowski, Edgar Weippl, and Isao Echizen. PrivacyTag: A community-based method for protecting privacy of photographed subjects in online social networks

Shimon Machida, Adrian Dabrowski, Edgar Weippl, and Isao Echizen. PrivacyTag: A community-based method for protecting privacy of photographed subjects in online social networks. In 16th IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e- Business, e-Services and e-Society, pages 261–275. Springer LNCS, 11 2017. 24, best paper award.

Shimon Machida, Adrian Dabrowski, Edgar Weippl, and Isao Echizen. PrivacyTag: A community-based method for protecting privacy of photographed subjects in online social networks

The paper is on Springer Link.

SBA at BSidesVienna 2017

Adrian Dabrowski presented his talk ‘A Song of Botnets and Power: Blackout is coming’ at BSidesVienna.


Tomasz Miksa on the RDA DMP Common Standards at the University of Cambridge

Tomasz Miksa presented recent developments of the Research Data Alliance working group on common standards for machine-actionable data management plans during a conference on “Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management” that was organised jointly by the University of Cambridge, SPARC Europe, and JISC.

To learn more on the on-going activities of the RDA DMP Common Standards WG please visit our GitHub repository.

MACIS 2017 organized by SBA Research

The Seventh International Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Computer and Information Sciences (MACIS 2017) was held at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, from November 15-17, 2017.


After an oldtimer tramtour the participants around general chair Dimitris Simos were invited to the mayor´s reception at Vienna´s oldest “Heurigen” – 10er Marie.


Securing Information Processing in the Lifecycle of Cyber-Physical Production Systems: Keynote

Edgar Weippl gives next week a keynote at “Industry 4.0 – Current Trends and Strategies” (Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in co-operation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and ASEA-UNINET)

Stefan Jakoubi moderates IT-Security event

Stefan Jakoubi moderates the LSZ IT-Security autumn event at Novomatic Forum today.

Further details can be found here.

Edgar Weippl @ SENTER Conference and Working Group Meeting Digital Forensics

Edgar Weippl attended the Senter Conference and at WG meeting on digital forensics. SBA Research will continue supporting the Senter initiative and will help establishing a permanent umbrella organization for the European Network of Centres of Excellence in Cybercrime.

Congratulations: Blockchain-Masters

Today Alexei Zamyatin defended his Master’s thesis “Merged Mining: Analysis of Effects and Implications” and Philipp Schindler his Master’s thesis “Randomness for Blockchains Generating Publicly-Verifiable and Bias-Resistant Randomness in Decentralized Systems” successfully. Congratulations!

Bernhard Garn presenting tool demo at HVC

At the 13th Haifa Verification Conference [HVC], Bernhard Garn was presenting a tool demo [KERIS] for the accepted paper “KERIS: A CT Tool of the Linux Kernel with Dynamic Memory Analysis Capabilities” (Bernhard Garn, Fabian Würfl, and Dimitris E. Simos). HVC is organized by IBM Research Haifa.

Dimitris Simos @ HVC17 in Haifa

Today at the 13th Haifa Verification Conference [HVC] Dimitris Simos is invited to give a tutorial on Combinatorial Security Testing. HVC is organized by IBM Research Haifa.



SBA Research @ IT-SECX

Researchers present their research at ITSecX in St.Pölten. Wilfried Mayer will talk about our recent Usenix Paper on the usability of deploying and hardening HTTPS. Lisa Leonhartsberger will present her recent findings on secure authentication and authorization in cross-platform mobile app development. Alexandra Mai will give a talk on PlanBTC, a novel vizualization approach for Bitcoin transactions. Philipp Reisinger will talk about the Defender’s Dilemma.

…and some more photos Copyright: FH St. Pölten / Marko Kozlica

Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber on reproducible data and privacy at the Horizon 2020 EU project meeting MyHealthMyData in Geneva, Switzerland

The Horizon 2020 project MyHealthMyData empowers patients, as the primary owner of their health data, to share this data in a secure and privacy-protecting manner with external parties, such as researchers or the pharmaceutical industry.

A meeting dedicated to discuss the technical aspects of the implementation takes place in Geneva, November 9th and 10th, gathering 15 researchers from seven European countries, from research organisations, health care companies and clinical research institutions. The topics addressed include the traceability of data sharing via blockchain technology, reproducibility of data used via the RDA data citation WG standards, and privacy protecting methods.


SecWIT Kick Off Meeting

The kick off meeting of the FFG BRIDGE 1 project SecWIT (Securing Web Technologies with Combinatorial Interaction Testing) took place on November 10th, 2017 at SBA Research. The goals of SecWIT include the creation of attack models for generalized content injections, development of new oracles, and research on new approaches to guided combinatorial testing and fault localization for web services.

The consortium is led by SBA Research and encompasses TU Graz Institute for Software Technology as scientific partner and Nimbusec GmbH as company partner. For more information, please contact the project leader Dimitris Simos.

Stefanie Plieschnegger @ BMVIT Technolution Herbstkongress

On 24th October the “Technolution – Herbstkongress” (Technolution – autumn congress) took place at the technical museum in Vienna. The event was promoting education and professions in the technical and research area, targeting students in middle and high school with a special focus on girls and women in technology. Part of the Technolution was a speeddating-like discussion round with female engineers and researchers, one of them Stefanie Plieschnegger from SBA Research. Students from two different high schools in Vienna took that opportunity to ask questions about research, education, obstacles and visions, and to get an honest insight of a researcher’s everyday life.

The discussion round was organized by bmvit (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie) and PlanSinn.​

Copyright bmvit
Copyright bmvit

Markus Klemen at FEMtech network meeting

Markus Klemen speaks at the FEMtech network meeting about flexible working hours, female role models and the possibilities of part-time work in leading positions.

More information about the meeting can be found here. (in german)

Pictures: (c) / Anna Rauchenberger

On Security Research towards Future Mobile Network Generations

Our preprint “On Security Research towards Future Mobile Network Generations” is now online at

Blockchain Research at SBA

We have a large group working on cryptocurrencies, block chain, and distributed ledger technology.
Recent publications include our user experience study (The other side of the coin) and our book Blocks & Chains. You can also watch our CCS tutorial on youtube.

Our current projects explore Secure Execution of Smart Contracts, Alternative Applications for Bitcoins, and we investigated how to fight organized financial crime based on cryptocurrencies (Bitcrime).

In April 2018 we organize a Dagstuhl seminar on Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Future Applications.

Some of our activities have recently been mentioned in the Media, even though we did not receive the publicity that WU got for its direct funding and we are *not* located in Salzburg 🙂 (, more)

Tomasz Miksa on machine-actionable DMPs at the FORCE2017 Conference in Berlin

Tomasz Miksa co-organized a session on Changing the Culture of Data Management Plans: making DMPs machine-actionable and FAIR at the FORCE2017 Conference in Berlin, Germany.

The FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-Scholarship Conference brought together a diverse group of people interested in changing the way in which scholarly and scientific information is communicated and shared. The conference is non-traditional, with all stakeholders coming to the table for open discussion on an even playing field in support of innovation and coordination across perspectives.

During the session participants discussed and revised the 10 principles for machine-actionable data managements plans. The abstract, principles, and the collaborative notes can be found here.

ISWC 2017 co-organized by SBA Research

SBA Research co-organized the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017) together with TU Wien and WU Wien. ISWC 2017 took place from October 21 – 25, 2017 at WU Campus and Messe Wien.

We welcomed more than 550 participants!

Tomasz Miksa on reproducibility of computational workflows at the ISWC17

Tomasz Miksa presented his paper entitled “Using ontologies for verification and validation of workflow-based experiments” in the journal track of the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC17) which is held 21 – 25 October in Vienna, Austria.

The paper discusses how to ensure trust in results of computational workflows by documenting their broad execution context using semantic technologies. The approach was evaluated on workflows from various domains including: machine learning, sensor data analysis, and bioinformatics.

The full text of the paper can be found here: 

Slides are available here:

Tomasz Miksa on Data Management Plans in the Horizon 2020 at the FFG

Tomasz Miksa delivered a webinar on Data Management Plans in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The webinar was organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) which is the national contact point for the Horizon 2020.

The webinar had a wide appeal and brought both practitioners and facilitators. This was manifested by more than 300 registrations and over 200 simultaneous online participants.

The slides and the recording are offered as part of a lecture series on the Horizon 2020 related topics and can be found here:

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