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14. December 2017

CISPA Researchers Win NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition 2016

The publication “You Get Where You’re Looking For: The Impact of Information Sources on Code Security” by Prof. Michael Backes and his co-authors has won the 2016 5th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition of the National Security Agency (NSA). The paper was originally presented at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Jose, California and deals with the question why software developers write programs containing security gaps and which information sources they use to look up security- or privacy-relevant issues. Michael Backes’ co-authors were Yasemin Acar, Sascha Fahl, Doowon Kim, Michelle L. Mazurek and Christian Stransky. Stransky is currently a PhD student in the research group of Michael Backes at CISPA. The Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition recognizes the best scientific cybersecurity papers published within the respective year. The award ceremony was hosted by the Research Directorate at the National Security Agency.

For more information, please refer to the press release on the competition’s website.


13. December 2017

CISPA – Helmholtz Center i.G. is officially founded!

On December 13, 2017, the official founding document was signed by Franziska Broer, Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association, Wolf-Dieter Lukas, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister President of Saarland, and Michael Backes (Founding Director of the CISPA – Helmholtz Center i.G.). This is the first big step towards the Helmholtz Center for Information Security at Saarbruecken. We are looking forward to the chances and challenges that lie ahead. For more information please refer to the press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland

Foto (CISPA): from left to right: Franziska Broer, Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Michael Backes signing the founding contract.


16. November 2017

Christian Rossow is among the “40 talents under the age of 40”

The magazine “Capital” has awarded 40 young individuals with the title “talents under the age of 40”. Professor Christian Rossow, CISPA researcher and head of the System Security Group, has received the award in the category “Science and Society”. At CISPA, Rossow’s research comprises for example cyber criminals and their attacks.

Read the full press release by Saarland University (in Germany)

Source: CISPA


9. August 2017

CISPA Researchers publish 6 papers at CCS 2017

6 papers by CISPA researchers were accepted at this year’s CCS, the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. The conference will take place in Dallas, USA from Oct 30 – Nov 3, 2017.

The accepted papers in in detail:

Duc Cuong Nguyen, Dominik Wermke, Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Charles Weir, Sascha Fahl. A Stitch in Time: Supporting Android Developers in Writing Secure Code
Erik Derr, Sven Bugiel, Sascha Fahl, Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes. Keep me updated: An Empirical Study of Third-Party Library Updatability on Android
Giancarlo Pellegrino, Martin Johns, Simon Koch, Michael Backes, Christian Rossow. Deemon: Detecting CSRF with Dynamic Analysis and Property Graphs
Jie Huang, Oliver Schranz, Sven Bugiel, Michael Backes. The ART of App Compartmentalization: Compiler-based Library Privilege Separation on Stock Android
Michael Backes, Mathias Humbert, Jun Pang, Yang Zhang. walk2friends: Inferring Social Links from Mobility Profiles
Bernd Finkbeiner, Christian Müller, Helmut Seidl, Eugen Zalinescu. Verifying Security Policies in Multi-agent Workflows with Loops


26. June 2017

Prof. Rossow’s “AmpPot” wins competition “Landmark in the Land of Ideas 2017”

Professor Christian Rossow, who has just been awarded the title “Innovator under 35”, and his team at CISPA have received the award “Landmark in the Land of Ideas 17” for their project “AmpPot”, a warning system against massive attacks on the internet. Johannes Krupp, PhD student at CISPA, attended the official award ceremony in Berlin on 26 June 2017.


Foto: Johannes Krupp (left) and Prof. Christian Rossow (right). (Source: CISPA)

The Initiative „Germany – land of ideas“ was founded by the German Federal Government and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in 2005, and aims to improve Germany’s image as a powerful innovator and a creative force. The competition „Landmarks in the land of ideas“ is part of this initiative. In 2017, its theme is “Open your mind and unfold new ideas”.