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


Ludwig Kampel @ LION13

Ludwig Kampel joined the 13th Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN Conference (LION13), a conference aiming to explore the intersections and unknown territories between machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming and algorithms for hard optimization problems. On the first day of the conference Ludwig presented the paper “How to use Boltzmann Machines and Neural Networks for Covering Array Generation”, a joint work with Michael Wagner, Dimitris E. Simos and Ilias S. Kotsireas, that presents the first approach based on artificial neural networks for the construction of covering arrays.

Hollywood Hacking and Real IT-Security

Adrian Dabrowski tries to establish how coding language can prevent software bugs.

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Johanna Ullrich in ORF interview on power grid attacks

Senior researcher Johanna Ullrich has been interviewed by Austrian Broadcasting (ORF). In the TV show Eco, she explained how smart devices like fridges, heating and air condition have the potential to cause power grid blackouts in a concerted fashion. The show can be watched in ORF’s TVthek by Thursday.

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Artificial Intelligence – certainly one of the most hyped topics of our time– will be at the heart of this year´s event. In this connection we are proud to announce a keynote of writer Karl Olsberg on “Artificial Intelligence and Human Stupidity”. The subsequent plenary discussion will pick up on different perspectives and shed light on myth and reality.

Dimitris Simos joins the editorial board of Operations Research Forum

Dimitris Simos was invited to join the editorial board of the SN Operations Research Forum (ORFO) journal published and distributed by Springer Nature.

SN Operations Research Forum is a journal that serves the Operations Research community by addressing a broad range of topics, perspectives, methodologies, and industry applications to foster communication among academics and practitioners, theory and application, and a variety of disciplines (e.g., applied mathematics, computer science, business and economics, and engineering).

SBA gives Awareness Talks @ TGM

Smart & Secure

“How does the internet work, which potential risks am I facing and how can I avert threats?”
SBA was invited to point out the most common security issues in the course of the security awareness initiative at TGM. The permanent accessibility of internet via smartphones comes with a number of potential hazards. Students established a baseline understanding about security and privacy through interactive workshops with Stephanie Jakoubi, Philipp Reisinger, Markus Hittmeir, Matthias Eckhart and Christian Kudera.

Five key take-aways were defined:

Rethink what you share -> once online, forever online

Rethink which pages you surf -> browser privacy mode does not protect you from malware and cyber attacks

Stay updated -> software updates help strengthen your security

Make sure to use encrypted connections -> this is the only way to enhance privacy , e.g. via https

Give attackers and criminals a hard time -> use long and complex passwords

SBA is Partner of the Austria Cyber Security Challenge 2019

The Austrian Cyber Security chapter and the Counter Intelligence Office are inviting young IT talents to apply for this year´s challenge. The competition strives to spot talents at an early stage, to point out perspectives and support careers in the field of IT security. Last year over 600 participants showed off their talent in the areas of web, crypto, reverse engineering, exploitation and forensic.

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