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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News annual report 2015 released with guest contribution by Andreas Tomek released the report about internet security in Austria in 2015. Andreas Tomek contributed to the report with the article “Spoofed Invoice Fraud – Cyber Vorfälle treffen Österreichs Industrie”. The article can be found here.

The complete annual report 2015 can be found here. See also the news article by

Kick Off Meeting of the Bridge Early Phase SPLIT Project

The kick off meeting of the SPLIT (Security Protocol Interaction Testing in Practice) project took place on February 10th, 2016 at SBA Research. SPLIT is funded under the Bridge Early Phase programme of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The project aims to provide quality assurance of security protocols by combining combinatorial testing and model-based testing methodologies as part of a fully automated test cycle.

SBA Research acts as the consortium leader, with Graz University of Technology (Franz Wotawa, Institute for Software Technology), University of Texas at Arlington (Jeff Lei, Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Objentis Software Integration GmbH (Tom Scheichenstein) as project partners. For more information regarding SPLIT see the project’s webpage or contact its project leader, Dimitris Simos at

SPLIT Kick off


SBA at the Stammtisch

This week, Aaron and Wilfried presented the latest results of our ongoing scanning activities at the monthly Stammtisch. Have a look at the slides on slideshare.

EUREKA Innovation Award 2015/2016 for ITEA2-project DIAMONDS

The ITEA2-project DIAMONDS (“Development and Industrial Application of Multi-Domain Security Testing Technologies”) has been selected as winner of the prestigious EUREKA Innovation Award 2015/2016 in the category ‘Added Value’. SBA Research participated in this ITEA2-action via the Bridge –project MoBseTIP (“Model-Based Security Testing In Practice”), in which Dimitris Simos served as project leader.

Research Exchanges NII, Tokyo and Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse

Edgar Weippl has been invited to work on joint research at NII in July and in November 2016 at Poul Sabatier University, Toulouse.

Safer Internet Day 2016

Today the 13th international Safer Internet Day took place. The focus of this day lies on “a better Internet Safer Internet Day 2016for children and teenagers”.

Security Experts from SBA Research together with the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) arranged one day for students from elementary school to high school and thought them how to move safely on the Internet.

More Information can be found here. General Information about the international Safer Internet Day can be found here.

BITCRIME: tracking extortionists and dealers

The Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” released an interesting article about the monetary system Bitcoin and how it is often used in connection with crimes such as ransomware and money laundering. The German-Austrian project BITCRIME, with SBA Research as project partner, explores strategies against this kind of abuse. The project focuses on researching innovative solutions for the identification, prevention and reduction of organized financial crime, such as money laundering, with particular regard for virtual currencies (or more exactly decentralized virtual cryptographic currencies).

The newspaper article can be found here.

Detailed information about the project BITCRIME can be found here.

Guest talk: “Hidden GEMs: Automated Discovery of Access Control Vulnerabilities in Graphical User Interfaces”

Engin Kirda, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, and the director of the Northeastern Information Assurance Institute, gives a talk about “Hidden GEMs: Automated Discovery of Access Control Vulnerabilities in Graphical User Interfaces”. Abstract

Engin Kirda

Tuesday, 02.025.2016, 11.00-12.00

This event is hosted by the IEEE CS/SMCS Austria Chapter.

ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) Paper on Software Obfuscation accepted

Sebastian Schrittwieser, Stefan Katzenbeisser, Johannes Kinder, Georg Merzdovnik and Edgar Weippl. Protecting software through obfuscation: Can it keep pace with progress in code analysis? ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), accepted for publication, 2016.

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