Awardees & new bachelor theses topics

On 29th December, 14 students were awarded prizes and certificates for their contributions to scientific publications in 2019. Congratulations!
Upon chatting about the current hot topics in security, students were able to learn more about open bachelor theses and research areas at IAIK and got in touch with potential supervisors.
We are looking forward to your theses and to a successful Bachelor@IAIK in the year ahead!
Have a look at available topics here!

Have a look at the presentation of our research areas / overview of writing a thesis at IAIK!

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Peter Pessl receives BMBWF Award of Excellence 2019

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) annually honours outstanding Austrian dissertations with the Award of Excellence. This year, IAIK Postdoc Peter Pessl, who finished his doctoral studies “sub auspiciis”, received this prestigous award for his thesis ‘Side-Channel Attacks on Lattice-Based Cryptography and Multi-Processor Systems’. In his work, he expands side-channel attacks, which exploit that physical properties of an electronic device depend on processed secrets, to new fields. Concretely, he proposed new attacks on lattice-based cryptography – a new type of cryptographic algorithms secure against attacks by future quantum computers. Congratulations!

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Master student Christian Gaisl receives WKO grant

IAIK master student Christian Gaisl receives the WKO Forschungsstipendium 2019/20! The presentation of awards will take place on 4th of December 2019.

The WKO Steiermark annually awards 20 students, who are honoured with a grant of €2.100 for the development of economically oriented master theses.


Further details on the grant see here.

Stipends for Information Security Master’s

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Testing Software and Systems (ICTSS) for our paper on “Learning a Behavior Model of Hybrid Systems Through Combining Model-Based Testing and Machine Learning”.

Read the paper right here.

Third place for Martin Schwarzl and Kurt Nistelberger at the ECSC 2019

Our PhD student Martin Schwarzl and our master student Kurt Nistelberger won the third place at the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) in Bucarest, where 20 teams participated.

The participants had to solve hacking tasks in the categories Web and App security, cryptography, reverse engineering, forensics and hardware tasks.

After two long days of solving the tasks, the Austrian team could successfully defend their position against strong teams from Germany, France and UK.

Next year the challenge will be held in Vienna, with more than 250 participants.

SGS and Graz University of Technology set up Cybersecurity Campus Graz

SGS and Graz University of Technology have joined forces to set up Cybersecurity Campus Graz. They address the current challenges in cybersecurity by means of working together in three areas:

  1. Research on analyzing system security and on fundamental new security concepts.
  2. Education for cybersecurity experts and researchers who are in such strong demand.
  3. Testing and certification of product and system security.

All of these activities – from basic research and higher education programs to certification – will take place at the Cybersecurity
Campus, with a view to developing sustainable security solutions. This will give rise to a unique environment for research and the
development of industrial applications. A new joint research Center and a cybersecurity testing and certification laboratory operated
by the SGS Group will be the first facilities to be set up at Cybersecurity Campus Graz.

The Campus will also open its doors to start-ups as well as industrial and scientific partners, who will work with TU Graz and SGS to research and develop security solutions for the future. A new multifunctional building covering around 7000m2 – the heart of Cybersecurity Campus Graz – is going to be established at TU Graz’s Inffeldgasse Campus.

More Information…

Open Tenure-Track Positions

You want to pursue an academic career in information security? IAIK is expanding and we are looking forward to your application. We offer a vibrant research environment with many options for funding and collaborations. Here are the full job descriptions and the details on the application process for the open positions:

Application deadline is 26 November 2019!

Stefan Mangard follows Reinhard Posch

New head of IAIK

Starting with October 1st, Stefan Mangard is the new head of IAIK.
He follows Reinhard Posch who has founded the institute in 1986 and is now becoming professor emeritus. Stefan Mangard is professor at IAIK
since 2013 and performing research on information security since 20 years.

New Website Goes Online

Just in time for the upcoming semester has been completely redesigned. We hope you enjoy the new design. In case you have any feedback,
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