Graz Security Week

Once again, IAIK will hold the Graz Security Week. This summer school targets graduate students interested in security and correctness aspects of computing devices. 

Click here to check out the details of the programme and speakers, and to register!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Austrian Computer Science Day 2023

The Austrian Computer Science Day (ACSD) is an annual assembly that brings together computer scientists across Austria and beyond to improve visibility of the field and foster collaboration in research and teaching.

This year’s focus is on trusted computing, raising crucial questions: Can we trust artificial intelligence? Can we prove that our implementations are correct? How secure is our data?

Click HERE to register for your free participation!

Ascon is New NIST Standard for Lightweight Crypto

The US National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has selected Ascon as new standard for lightweight cryptography.

This concludes the NIST Lightweight Crypto (LWC) project, a 4-year competition with the goal of standardizing a lightweight authenticated encryption algorithm suitable for constrained environments.

Ascon was developed in 2014 at IAIK, TU Graz by Christoph Dobraunig (now at Intel), Maria Eichlseder, Florian Mendel, and Martin Schläffer (both now at Infineon).
The team has since continuously worked on the Ascon family to propose new family members, develop efficient and secure implementations, provide new security proofs and security analysis, and more.
This effort was also supported by several IAIK colleagues over the years, particularly Hannes Groß and Robert Primas, who provided an extensive range of efficient implementations. The Ascon team thanks everybody who has contributed to this success.

The NIST LWC competition started in 2019 with 56 Round-1 candidates, which were narrowed down in multiple rounds to 10 finalists and finally a single winner. We are proud that the finalists included all 3 submissions co-designed by IAIK cryptographers:

  • Ascon, previously selected as primary choice for lightweight cryptography in the CAESAR competition for authenticated encryption, designed by Christoph Dobraunig, Maria Eichlseder, Florian Mendel, and Martin Schläffer
  • ISAP, a design with inherent robustness against certain implementation attacks, designed by Christoph Dobraunig, Maria Eichlseder, Stefan Mangard, Florian Mendel, Bart Mennink, Robert Primas, and Thomas Unterluggauer
  • Elephant, a parallel design by Tim Beyne, Yu Long Chen, Christoph Dobraunig, and Bart Mennink.


Media links: NIST announcement · TU Graz · APA · · Der Standard · Kleine Zeitung · Hacker News

Daniel Gruss and Martin Schwarzl Interviewed for Red Hat Research Quarterly

Daniel Gruss and Martin Schwarzl of IAIK spoke with Vincent Danen about “Vulnerability research and the future of vulnerability management”. The interview features in the latest issue of Red Hat Research Quarterly magazine (of Nov. 2022).

Read the full interview by clicking on the link on the right!

Award of Excellence for Daniel Kales

Each year, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research presents an award for outstanding dissertations of Austrian universities. The top 40 graduates of doctoral studies of an academic year are honoured with the “Award of Excellence“.
This year, we are happy to congratulate IAIK alumni Daniel Kales, who was one of three TU Graz awardees. He received the prize for his dissertation “Improving Modern Cryptographic Protocols using Domain-Specific Symmetric Primitives”.

Information Security Scholarship 2022 awarded

Congratulations to Carina Fiedler and Ernesto Martínez García, who both received the Information Security Scholarship on 2nd December 2022!
The Cybersecurity Campus Graz is awarding these scholarships, which were sponsored by Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies. Recipients are talented and motivated international students starting their studies at TU Graz. Students qualify if they have a major in information security within the English-language master’s programmes of Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering and Management.

Find out more about the scholarship by clicking on the link on the right!

Bettina Könighofer promoted to assistant professor

We are pleased to announce that Bettina Könighofer has been promoted to be an assistant professor for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence at IAIK. Bettina founded the group Trusted AI. In her research, she and her group is using state-of-the-art formal methods to test, to verify, and to monitor AI systems with the goal to make sure that AI systems are safe, secure, transparent, accountable, robust, and unbiased. Bettina’s research was the first that provided provable correctness guarantees for deep learning systems.

Bettina is lecturing the bachelor course Logic and Computability and partially teaches the graduate course Model Checking.

Daniel Gruss receives Highly Endowed ERC Starting Grant

Daniel Gruss receives the prestigious EU funding award for research into energy-efficient IT security from the European Research Council in 2022. The research of computer scientist and cybersecurity expert Daniel Gruss and also of experimental physicist and START Prize winner Marcus Ossiander will receive funding totalling 3.3 million euros over the next five years, the European Research Council announced today. 
Read more about their remarkable achievement by clicking on the link on the right.

Daniel Gruss awarded Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Gruss was awarded the Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark (Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria) for his paper “Transient-Execution Attacks and Defenses”. The prize was presented on 18th November 2022 and is remunerated with 12.000,- Euros.

You can read a short abstract of his work by clicking on the link on the right (in German).


“Information Security” selected as best-evaluated course

Our lecture “Information Security” is the best-evaluated bachelor-level course of the CS&BME faculty!

In an award ceremony at CS&BME Faculty Day 2022, the faculty celebrated both the best students (“Dean’s List”) and, for the first time this year, the best course (“Students’ List”) in each degree programme.
“Information Security VO” won with the best evaluations in the past years in the bachelor degree programmes CS, ICE, and SEM.
Earlier this week, “Information Security” was also a nominated finalist for the Prize for Excellence in Teaching by TU Graz, which several IAIK courses have won in the past years.
The course is taught by Maria Eichlseder, Daniel Gruss, and Jakob Heher and introduces students to the foundations of our research areas: Cryptography & Privacy, System Security, and Secure Applications.

Congratulations to all awardees on the Dean’s List – we’re proud that several of them are teaching assistants in our courses!