Maria wins SPIRIT Award

IAIK at Ball der Technik 2024

Martin Schwarzl receives Austrian National “Award of Excellence” for Best Dissertations 2023

Each year, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research honors the achievements of the best 39 doctoral graduates from Austrian universities with Awards of Excellence. We are delighted to announce that IAIK alumnus Martin Schwarzl is one of the recipients of this year’s Austrian National Award for Best Dissertations 2023 . His doctoral thesis, “Remote Side-Channel Attacks and Defenses”, made significant contributions to the field of system security. The work shows how low-level aspects of computer organization, memory management, caches, and transient execution, can be exploited even by remote adversaries to leak sensitive information.

To read more about the award, please click here!

Hedy Lamarr Award 2023 goes to… Maria Eichlseder!

The city of Vienna honoured Maria Eichlseder for her work on secure and efficient cryptographic algorithms.

The sixth Hedy Lamarr Prize of the City of Vienna was awarded to Maria on 21st November 2023. “The Hedy Lamarr Prize winners inspire through their technological excellence and are role models for future generations of women who want to gain a foothold in the IT industry. Outstanding research by women not only contributes significantly to the progress of science in all areas, but also brings forth a variety of perspectives and innovations that have a lasting impact on our society,” says City Councillor for Science Veronica Kaup-Hasler.

The city of Vienna awards the Hedy Lamarr Prize every year together with DigitalCity.Wien and UIV Urban Innovation Vienna.

Congratulations once more!

To read the whole article (German only), click HERE!
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Photo copyright: DigitalCity.Wien & Clemens Schmiedbauer

Maria Eichlseder awarded prize for excellence in teaching

Dedicated commitment, excellent didactic concepts, and a lot of motivation are some of the core ingredients to achieve an honour for outstanding achievements and evaluations in teaching.

For her lecture in “Cryptography“, IAIK assistant professor Maria Eichlseder was among four awardees who were presented with a prize for excellence in teaching 2022/23 at Graz University of Technology. The ceremony took place on 15th November 2023.


More information on the award can be found here.

New CPU Vulnerability risk to virtual machines based on AMD processors

Researchers at TU Graz (i.e. Andreas Kogler of IAIK) and the Helmholtz Centre for Information Security (research team led by IAIK-alumni Michael Schwarz) have identified a security vulnerability that could allow data on virtual machines with AMD processors to fall under the control of attackers.

In the area of cloud computing, i.e. on-demand access to IT resources via the internet, so-called trusted execution environments (TEEs) play a major role. They are designed to ensure that the data on the virtual work environments (virtual machines) is secure and cannot be manipulated or stolen. Researchers at the CISPA Helmholtz Centre for Information Security and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) have now discovered a security vulnerability in AMD processors that allows attackers to penetrate virtual work environments based on the trusted computing technologies AMD SEV-ES and AMD SEV-SNP. This is achieved by resetting data changes in the buffer memory (cache), which gives the intruders unrestricted access to the system. They have chosen CacheWarp as the name for this software-based attack method.

Read the whole article by clicking on the link on the right!

More information on CacheWarp here!

This was Bachelor@IAIK 2023

We are happy that we were able to meet a respectable number of students at our annual Bachelor@IAIK event again, which we hold at the beginning of each winter semester.
We presented our new open bachelor’s thesis topics, and awarded prizes to excellent students who contributed to scientific publications in the past year.

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Graz Security Week 2024

We are happy to announce that Security Week will take place again in September 2024!
This summer school targets graduate students interested in security and correctness aspects of computing devices. 

Click here to check out Security Week of 2023 (photos, programme, etc.)!
We will open registration in late spring 2024 – check this space; we will keep you posted!

We are looking forward to seeing you in 2024!

A successful Security Week 2023

Once more, our annual summer school Security Week took place earlier in September in the beautiful halls of our Old Campus.
Increasingly popular, it drew more than 90 participants from close and afar. Twelve international speakers shared their expertise, and students had the opportunity to present their theses, take part in labs, and gain ECTS points.
Our outing to a traditional inn in the countryside, and the odd night out were another good opportunity for networking and not to be missed. You can have a look at a few impressions here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Graz next year!