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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SBA at USENIX Security & Usenix Magazine

‘Securing the Internet, One HTTP 200 OK at a Time’ (Login, Usenix Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 42, No. 4) is a summary of our recent Usenix Security paper ‘“I Have No Idea What I’m Doing” – On the Usability of Deploying HTTPS‘, and you’ll be soon able to watch the recording here due to the USENIX open access policy.

News coverage: Bulletproof TLS Newsletter, USENIX ;login:

Heise’s C’t also just covered our research in a long article.

“On Security Research towards Future Mobile Network Generations” accepted in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials

David Rupprecht, Adrian Dabrowski, Thorsten Holz, Edgar Weippl, and Christina P ̈opper. On security research towards future mobile network generations. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 2018.

Cybercrime Busters: About CERTs and the cybercriminals of Vienna

At this event, organized by the OCG Forum Privacy and the OCG-working group IT-security, the project consortium presents three significant results of the KIRAS project CERT-Komm II. This project, for the federal chancellery of Austria, consists of SBA Research as the consortium leader and the following project partners:

  • University of Vienna, Faculty of Informatics, Multimedia Information Systems Research Group
  • Danube University Krems, department for infrastructural security
  • Research Institute AG & Co KG
  • IKARUS Security Software GmbH

More information can be found here. (in german)

Invited Talk on Security in Production Systems Engineering

At the Software Quality Days 2018, Edgar Weippl gives a talk on Security Challenges in Cyber-Physical Production Systems with a focus on securing the lifecycle of production systems engineering.

published by Springer.

SBA Research among partners of Austrian lead project IoT4CPS

IoT4CPS will develop guidelines, methods and tools to enable safe and secure IoT-based applications for automated driving and for smart production. The project will address safety and security aspects in a holistic approach both along the specific value chains and the product life cycles.


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Botnets and Electrical Grids

Heise picked up on our recent ACSAC Paper. also reads Heise. and also published articles. Summary on

The paper “Grid Shock: Coordinated Load-Change Attacks on Power Grids” by Adrian Dabrowski, Johanna Ullrich, and Edgar Weippl was recently presented at the 2017 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 33).

Our work analyzes whether large-scale botnets are able to modulate electric power consumption in a coordinate way to bring down the power grid. ACSAC is a leading conference in applied computer security. In total, 48 out of 244 submissions were accepted, resulting in an acceptance rate of 19.7%. ACSAC 33 will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in December 2017.

Empirical Research for Software Security

Our new book on empirical research for software security is available.
empirical research for software security
Empirical Research for Software Security: Foundations and Experience,
Lotfi ben Othmane, Martin Gilje Jaatun, Edgar Weippl (eds), CRC Press, ISBN 9781498776417.

SBA Research @ WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2018!

We are happy to announce that SBA Research is hosting the security track „Private and Secure Development“ of WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2018, the biggest development conference in Europe (Twitter).

We are supporting WeAreDevelopers with our information security and secure development experience.

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