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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Young Science Ambassador Katharina Krombholz explains how the Internet works

As an ambassador for Young Science, Katharina Krombholz visits elementary schools all over Austria to give insights into how the internet works. Informing children about related dangers and ways to protect themselves is a special concern of the ambassador program.

Credits: Skorjanc, Young Science

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Dimitris E. Simos, Kristoffer Kleine and Bernhard Garn @ IWCT 2018

Dimitris Simos chairs the Seventh International Workshop on Combinatorial Testing (IWCT 2018) on April 13, 2018.

Kristoffer Kleine presents the paper “CAmetrics: A Tool for Advanced Combinatorial Analysis and Measurement of Test Sets” (joint work with Manuel Leithner and Dimitris E. Simos).

IWCT 2018 takes place in Västerås, Sweden and is collocated with ICST 2018, the 11th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation during April 9-13, 2018.

Dagstuhl Seminar on Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Future Applications

Our Decentralized Systems Group and Edgar Weippl organized together with Foteini Baldimtsi (George Mason University – Fairfax, US), Stefan Katzenbeisser (TU Darmstadt, DE) and Volkmar Lotz (SAP Labs France – Mougins, FR) the Dagstuhl Seminar on Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Future Applications, which takes place this week at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany.

26 participants are discussing interesting scientific topics linked to blockchain, smart contracts and future applications. Further information can be found on the website of Dagstuhl.

© Schloss Dagstuhl – LZI GmbH

CST Tutorial @ HotSoS 18, Raleigh, NC, USA

Dimitris Simos (SBA Research) and Rick Kuhn (NIST) are presenting a crash course on combinatorial security testing at the Symposium and Bootcamp for Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HotSoS ’18).

The event takes place at Raleigh, NC, USA and is sponsored by the NSA in cooperation with ACM SIGSAC.

Sicherheitsforum Digitale Wirtschaft Österreich reports on an initiative that KSÖ starts jointly with SBA Research “Gemeinsam mit SBA Research startet das KSÖ deshalb Anfang April die Initiative ‘Sicherheitsforum Digitale Wirtschaft Österreich’.”

Special Issue “Privacy and Security in Machine Learning” – Submission Deadline Oct 31, 2018

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Machine learning is clearly a research area that will continue creating real-world impact, as computing power becomes increasingly more readily available. Security and privacy considerations, however, are vital, in particular since machine learning algorithms are often perceived as magical black boxes, in which the inner workings are not easily made transparent. Important topics that warrant new research are, among others:

The right to be forgotten. How much of the ‘original’ personal data is embedded in trained neural networks? Can we delete this data without retraining? How can we measure the anonymity/pseudonymity of training data embedded in a trained network?
How easy is it to attack training sets and trained networks? If ML is used for real-world applications such as autonomous driving, successful attacks may have huge impact.
We look forward to receiving research papers that address, not only the aforementioned examples, but also any excellent research that investigates privacy and security aspects in ML in depth.

Edgar Weippl, Francesco Buccafurri, Guest Editors

  • Threat models
  • Attacks against machine learning
  • Malware detection
  • Black-box attacks against machine learning
  • Adversarial training and defensive distillation
  • Privacy-preserving machine learning
  • Application of machine learning to security and privacy

Tomasz Miksa chaired the DMP Common Standards WG session at the 11th RDA Plenary in Berlin

The 11th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance was held 21-23 March 2018 in Berlin under the theme “From Data to Knowledge”. The meeting has gathered scientists, experts and practitioners engaged in the advancement of data-driven science and economy from around the world.

Tomasz Miksa chaired a session of the DMP Common Standards working group. He also presented current achievements of the group and announced new open consultation on standards for common data model for machine-actionable data management plans.

The detailed agenda and collaborative notes can be found here.

To follow the activities and learn more about the DMP Commons Standards WG please visit its official web page.

Ludwig Kampel successfully defended his Master Thesis

Ludwig successfully defended his Master Thesis “Combinatorial and Algorithmic Constructions of Covering Arrays” advised by Dimitris E. Simos,at the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation of TU Vienna. Ludwig gave an excellent presentation and graduated with distinction.

Master Thesis Defense Ludwig Kampel

Johanna Ullrich received promotional award by Dr. Maria Schaumayer foundation

Johanna Ullrich has received the promotional award by the Dr. Maria Schaumayer foundation for her promotion on “Secret Communication in the Internet” (finished in 2016).

The foundation has been founded by the first female governor of a national bank Dr. Maria Schaumayer and supports women following their career path.

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