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“Healthy surveillance”: Designing a concept for privacy-preserving mask recognition AI in the age of pandemics - Paper online available (01-07-2020)

The trade-off between personal data protection and AI performance is an exciting field of research. In the ongoing fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, many governments have recommended—or even obliged—their citizens to wear masks as an effective countermeasure. In an interdisciplinary, cross-institute (IISM, KSRI and  AIFB / KASTEL / SECUSO) work, Niklas Kühl, Dominik Martin, Clemens Wolff, and Melanie Volkamer External Link show what a privacy-friendly mask recognition video system could look like.


Paper accepted at EuroUSEC 2020 (23-06-2020)

The paper “Analysis of publicly available anti-phishing webpages: contradicting information, lack of concrete advice, and very narrow attack vector” by Mattia Mossano, Kami Vaniea, Lukas Aldas, Reyhan Düzgün, Peter Mayer and Melanie Volkamer, developed in collaboration with the TULiPS  Research Group from the University of Edinburgh, has been accepted at EuroUSEC 2020.



information security for Wissenschaft-Medien-Kommunikation students (26-06-2020)

Since this semester, students of the study course Wissenschaft-Medien-Kommunikation can also attend our information security lecture. We are pleased that directly in the first semester students took advantage of this offer. The lecture can be introduced e.g. in the major field of computer science. 



FMER Research Project INSPECTION started (26-06-2020)

The research project INSPECTION has stated on the 1st June 2020. Its goal is to identify hacked websites through web crawling and notify the owners of the affected websites in an effective manner. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the initiative "KMU-innovativ". For this project, SECUSO partnered with the companies mindup GmbH and BDO Cybersecurity.

Paper accepted at 'Law and Technology' workshop at Informatik 2020 (25-06-2020)

In recent months, the cooperation with the chair of Prof. Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main / KASTEL PI) has been expanded. The article "Obligation to report IT security and data protection incidents by employees - consideration of possible employment law consequences" by Dirk Müllmann and Melanie Volkamer was accepted at the 'Law and Technology' workshop of Informatik 2020.

Paper accepted at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2020 (27-05-2020)

The paper "An investigation of phishing awareness and education over time: When and how to best remind users" by Benjamin Maximilian Reinheimer, Lukas Aldag, Peter Mayer, Mattia Mossano, Reyhan Düzgün, Bettina Lofthouse, Tatiana von Landesberger and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for presentation at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2020 (SOUPS 2020). SOUPS 2020 will be held August 9-11, 2020 in Boston (USA).

Analysis of phishing campaigns conducted in companies published (27-05-2020)

Together with Prof. Franziska Boehm (KIT / ZAR and FIZ Karlsruhe) and Prof. Martina Angela Sasse (RUB / CASA / HGI), an interdisciplinary analysis of phishing campaigns in companies and organisations was carried out. The results of the analysis are particularly important for anyone who is considering phishing campaigns against employees and / or colleagues. You can find the results at: 

SECUSO @ Baden TV (26-05-2020)

In the "Baden TV Aktuell" broadcast on May 26th, 2020 Prof. Melanie Volkamer spoke about SECUSO research and especially about the Human Centered Design approach (9:30): https://baden-tv.com/baden-tv-aktuell-dienstag-2/

TORPEDO Covid-19 Update for web-browser (18-05-2020)

The coronavirus has led to a significant rise of messages with dangerous content (phishing messages). To better support users in identifying such e-mails, we have developed an update for our browser extension TORPEDO which now integrates the blocklist of the Cyber Threat Coalition. This means that our plugin now explicitly warns users of dangerous links that are blacklisted in connection with Corona. Our browser extension can be downloaded for free in the Firefox Store and the Chrome Store.


Philip Heller and Jannik Dresselhaus new student assistants at SECUSO (11-05-2020)

Philip Heller and Jannik Dresselhaus have joined SECUSO on 15th April 2020 to help out with programming tasks. Philip will help in developing anti-phishing tools in the course of the Google Faculty award SECUSO received in March 2020. Jannik will help in developing tools for studies in the area of user authentication.

SPOSE PC membership (08-05-2020)

Melanie Volkamer supports the SPOSE (Security, Privacy, Organizations, and Systems Engineering) ESORICS workshops as a program committee member.

Current users of our NoPhish material (05-05-2020)

The number of users of our NoPhish material is increasing.
Currently 20 Organizations/companies use our materials e.g. Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, HEAG, Polizeipräsidium Einsatz in Baden-Württemberg, Stadt Hamm oder Landesamt für
Geoinformation und Landesvermessung Niedersachsen (LGLN). We are pleased that our material is so well received. And we hope to continue to help other organisations, but also
individuals, to recognise fraudulent messages in the future.


Peter Mayer holds Workshop at the House of Competence (29-04-2020)

Starting on 9th May 2020, the online workshop "Securing The Digital Life – Eine Praktische Einführung in die Sicherheit von Passwörtern", held by Peter Mayer, will give an overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of password security. To that end, the participants will learn about relevant attacks and the respective defenses. The gained knowledge will then be applied in practical exercises as both, attacker an defender. The workshop will be held completely online.


PC of the MuC Workshop 2020 (21-04-2020)

Benjamin Reinheimer is on the program committee of the 6th Usable Security and Privacy Workshop, MuC 2020, which will take place in the context of the Mensch und Computer from September 6-9 in Magdeburg. https://muc2020.mensch-und-computer.de/eng/​​​​​​​


NoPhish Videos in German and English on Youtube (15-04-2020)

Online fraud is booming in times of the corona crisis. We as the research group SECUSO explain in two short videos how to detect fraudulent messages. The first video deals with the topic attachments and the second video with links. Both videos are now available in German and English on our Youtube channel.


Master of Science in Digital Transformation - HECTOR School, Technology Business School of KIT, with a new compulsory module on security and privacy engineering (15-04-2020)

The new part-time M.Sc. The "Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM)" course has started successfully at the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management. The course main focus is the digital transformation of products, services and organizations. Accordingly, there is now also a compulsory module on security and privacy engineering with lectures on information security (Prof. Melanie Volkamer), applied cryptography (Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade), network security (Prof. Thorsten Strufe), data protection regulations (Prof Franziska Böhm) and Emerging Technologies and Critical Information Infrastructures (Prof. Ali Sunyeav). Further information on the course and application can be found on the HECTOR School website.



TORPEDO updated (08-04-2020)

TORPEDO as a web extension has been updated to a new version and now has some new features. We have now also integrated google redirect. Also the tutorial was adapted to the new version. Additionally we now check for IP addresses or hidden URLs behind submit buttons. Now everyone can add their own short URL services and with the help of the Security and Privacy Mode they can customize TORPEDO to fit their own circumstances even more. 

Courses at SECUSO (03-04-2020)

The new semester is starting soon! To make it easier for you to choose which courses you want to visit, we have prepared an overview of our courses in the summer and winter term. In addition, Industrial Engineering students get some recommendations on how to credit our courses in their studies. PDF

The 5th European Workshop on Usable Security has been rescheduled to 7th September 2020 due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, this year's EuroUSEC workshop will not take place as originally scheduled on 15 June 2020, but instead has been moved along with Euro S&P to September 2020. The workshop location remains the same: Genova, Italy. Due to this change in the schedule, this year's workshop has two submission deadlines. The first one was on the original submission date of 16 March 2020. Submissions to that deadline are already under review. The supplemental deadline will be on 5th June 2020 (with mandatory paper registration on 2nd June 2020). You can find all information about the new schedule and the second submission deadline on the EuroUSEC website.

Information about the qualification for the KASTEL certificate (25-03-2020)

Industrial Engineering and Business Informatics students can receive the KASTEL certificate as well. Therefore, we compiled some information about the qualification for the certificate. You can find a list of creditable courses and recommendations for module combinations here. Here for PDF

Courses by SECUSO for the summer semester 2020 (25-03-2020)

Our courses for the summer semester 2020 are now available at https://secuso.aifb.kit.edu/1121.php

Zeit Article and podcast on IT security with Prof. Volkamer (18-03-2020)

"Everything on the net is hackable. How do we prevent the worst?" is the title of the article and podcast by Lisa Hegemann and Meike Laff. The topic is that people are often mistakenly described as the greatest vulnerability when a computer system has been hacked. Prof. Volkamer puts an end to this false assumption.


Monthly Security Lunch Changes (03-03-2020)

We decided to change our schedule regarding the monthly security lunch.
It still be we take place every third Tuesday of each month at the restaurant Gold, but from now on from 12:00 – 13:00 o’clock.
See you at the next lunch, 17.03.20 12:00-13:00 o’clock at Gold.

Google Faculty Research Award for Prof. Melanie Volkamer (02-03-2020)

Prof. Melanie Volkamer and Florian Schaub received one of this year's seven Google Faculty Research Awards in the field of security. The award was granted for the project "Link-centric Phishing Warnings for Online Email Clients".  We look forward working with Florian Schaub and the University of Michigan. Also many thanks to our Google advocates Patrick Gage and Alexander de Luca.


SECUSO at the action day at KIT in the context of the Safer Internet Day (26-02-2020)

During the international Safer Internet Day on February 11th 2020 SECUSO participated in a KIT wide action to raise awareness for fraudulent messages. The event was jointly organized with the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) and the Information Security Officer (ISB). Many of the materials are now also available in English. Leaflets and materials can be downloaded via the following link:  https://www.isb.kit.edu/english/105.php.

Reyhan Düzgün is now a member of SECUSO (26-02-2020)

Reyhan Düzgün is the newest member of SECUSO since February 1, 2020. She studied Industrial Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will be working on methodology research in the area of usable security.

Talk at Interconnect event on "Emotet & Co: How to raise security awareness" (13-02-2020)

Technology is an important element for effective IT security - but security awareness is also important. As part of the event on February 13, 2020, Prof. M. Volkamer talks on measures that have been shown to increase security awareness.

Paper accepted at Voting 2020 (FC Workshop) (10-02-2020)

The paper "Towards Improving the Efficacy of Code-Based Verification in Internet Voting" by Oksana Kulyk, Melanie Volkamer, Monika Müller and Karen Renaud was accepted at the Financial Crypto Workshop 'Voting 2020'. The workshop will take place on February 14, 2020 in Sabah (Malaysia) for the fifth time.



SECUSO talk at the CAST Workshop „Security Awareness and Usable Security“ (06-02-2020)

Melanie Volkamer, Benjamin Reinheimer and Peter Mayer will give an overview of the process of developing and evaluating verifiably effective IT security awareness materials in the course of the CAST Workshop “Security Awareness and Usable Security”. The CAST workshop will take place 3rd March 2020 in Darmstadt. The full program and registration can be found on the workshop website.


Call for papers for the 5th European Workshop on Usable Security published (31-01-2020)

The call for papers for the 5th European Workshop on Usable Security has been published. The PC chairs of this year's workshop are Peter Mayer and Blase Ur. Deadline for submissions is 16th March 2020 (Anywhere on Earth).

Article in Zeit-online on Emotet with Prof. Volkamer (29-01-2020)

"Kammergericht Berlin: Nur per Telefon, Fax oder Brief zu erreichen"  is the title of the German article by Lisa Hegemann and Meike Laaff. The article analyzes how this could happen and how the risk can be reduced. Experts from Fraunhofer SIT and BSI as well as Melanie Volkamer were also interviewed.

Mattia Mossano is now a member of SECUSO (28-01-2020)

Mattia Mossano is the newest member of SECUSO since December 1, 2019. He’ll be working on phishing and anti-phishing user training. He studied philosophy at the University of Genoa and Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. https://secuso.aifb.kit.edu/english/Staff_1091.php

SECUSO at the action day at KIT in the context of the Safer Internet Day (22-01-2020)

KIT participates in the Safer Internet Day on February 11, 2020.  This day has been held annually since 2004 and is an international day of action to promote online security and a better Internet. This year, KIT will again focus on the detection of fraudulent messages, in particular, phishing emails, and the safe handling of these messages. Many of the materials are now also available in English. Our action booth: February 11, 2020, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mensa Adenauer-Ring, Campus South. Leaflets and materials at https://s.kit.edu/sid2020​​​​​​​

Paper accepted at AsiaUSEC 2020 (20-01-2020)

The paper "Security and Privacy Awareness in SmartEnvironments – A Cross-Country Investigation" by Oksana Kulyk, Benjamin Maximilian Reinheimer, Lukas Aldag, Nina Gerber, Peter Mayer and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for presentation at AsiaUSEC 2020. The workshop will be held February 13-15, 2020 in Sabah (Malaysia) conjunctions with Financial Cryptography.


ARES Conference 2020 - PC Chairs (20-01-2020)

Melanie Volkamer and Christian Wressnegger (also KASTEL PI) are this year's PC Chairs of ARES 2020. The conference will take place in Dublin from August 24-28. The Paper Submission Deadline is March 15th.


Peter Mayer talks at GUDialog on the topic "Secure use of passwords" (13-01-2020)

GUDialog is organized by the Institute for Society and Digital at Münster University of Applied Sciences. Peter Mayer is invited to give a talk on January 15, 2020 on the topic "Secure use of passwords". The offer is aimed at both the specialist audience and interested citizens.


Emotet & Co: How to raise security awareness - Talk by Prof. Volkamer (13-01-2020)

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, InterConnect will be holding a business lunch in Karlsruhe from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the topic "Emotet & Co: How to create security awareness". Melanie Volkamer talks about which measures have been proven to increase security awareness and what companies should take into account if they want to implement awareness measures themselves.


EuroUSEC 2020 takes place on 15th June 2020 as part of Euro S&P (20-12-2019)

The fifth European Workshop on Usable Security will be held on 15th June 2020 as pre-conference workshop of the IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy in Genova (Italy). The CfP and further information will be made available in the coming weeks.

Melanie Volkamer and Peter Mayer receive commendation for "information security" lecture (19-12-2019)

Melanie Volkamer and Peter Mayer have received a commendation from the department of economics and management for their lecture "information security". This lecture gives an introductory overview of the field of information security and represents a basis for students to attain the KASTEL certificate, a proof of specialization in the fields of IT and information security for students at KIT.

Save the Date: AIK symposium on cyber security will take place at October 23, 2020 (17-12-2019)

In the afternoon of October 23rd, 2020 the 36th AIK symposium will take place in Karlsruhe: First the AIK association and the participating institutions Institute AIFB and KASTEL will be introduced. This is followed by four talks: Prof. Buchmann (expert for post-quantum cryptography from TU Darmstadt), Dr. Meletiadou (Head of Privacy Management at Vodafone), Dr. Achenbach (Head of the IT Security Competence Center and the Cyber Defense Team at the FZI), and Dr. Mayer (Usable & secure user authentication expert will introduce research results from SECUSO).

Benjamin Reinheimer as a participant at the USP Day 2020 Workshop(09-12-2019)

On January 10, 2020, the USP Day 2020 will take place in Berlin on the topics of usable security and privacy. The day is jointly organized by Fraunhofer AISEC and Freie Universität Berlin. Benjamin Reinheimer will give a talk on User Studies on Security. 


Hohoho: NoPhish Video „Identifying dangerous attachments“ is now available (06-12-2019)

We are happy to announce that an other awareness NoPhish video is
available. The five-minute video explains what dangerous attachments are
and how to detect them. 
The video is a result of scientific evaluation of the effectiveness in
regard to recognition of fraudulent messages with dangerous attachments.
The video was developed in collaboration with Alex Lehmann.


KASTEL certificate now also for industrial engineers and business informatics students (05-12-2019)

The certificate has been extended so that now  business and IT students who are interested in information security can receive the KASTEL certificate. The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL) is one of Germany's three Cybersecurity Competence Centers initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in March 2011

No Phish Flyer Update (04-12-2019)

We have updated our Flyer „Fraudulent messages - how to detect
fraudulent and phishing mails“. Not only detecting these messages is
important, but also an adequate reaction to them. For this we now refer
to the BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik): if you
are unsure whether a message is a fraudulent message or if you have
fallen for a fraudulent message, you can ask the BSI for advice.  Soon
the leaflet will also be available in English.


Peter Mayer graduated as PhD [Dr.-Ing.] (29-11-2019)

Our member Peter Mayer has been graduated as a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) on November 15, 2019 with the thesis entitled "Secure and Usable User Authentication".

Panel discussion at the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (27-11-2019)

Melanie Volkamer will participate in the panel discussion as part of the project "Institutionalization of Social Dialogue" at the BSI on November 28. It discusses the future of dialogue with our society and how cyber security can be better shaped for society.

Jonas Pfrang and Melanie Volkamer interviewed by Campusradio Karlsruhe (19-11-2019)

Criminals often use fraudulent messages with malicious content (e.g. spyware, phising links) to obtain sensitive data of people or blackmail victims. As it is not possible to detect all fraudulent messages by means of technology, users should check incoming e-mails manually in order to detect a potential fraud attempt. In the interview Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer and Jonas Pfrang explain potential risiks of fraudulent messages and show how one can identify such messages. The interview was broadcasted on “Radio Regenbogen” on the 19th November 2019 at 7:10 p.m.. The interview can be downloaded via the following link: https://soundcloud.com/karlsruherinstitutfuertechnologie/im-zweifelsfalle-immer-loschen-tipps-zum-umgang-mit-phishing-mails

Melanie Volkamer in an interview with Kai Laufen - SWR Aktuell Netzagent (18-11-2019)

The Internet and other digital technologies pose risks that most users are hardly able to recognize and assess. Be it specific technical problems or possible application errors that could endanger yourself or your employer. The interview is about how to make people better aware of the risk on the internet and how to protect yourself.

Peter Mayer holds Workshop at the House of Competence (13-11-2019)

On 23rd November 2019 the Workshop "Securing The Digital Life – Eine Praktische Einführung in die Sicherheit von Passwörtern", held by Peter Mayer, will take place at the House of Competence. The workshop will give an overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of password security. To that end, the participants will learn about relevant attacks and the respective defenses. The gained knowledge will then be applied in practical exercises as both, attacker an defender.

Heike Obry is a new member of the SECUSO research group (07-11-2019)

Heike Obry is the newest member of the SECUSO research group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Heike Obry studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe (today's KIT) from 1982 - 1987.
In addition to her main activity in the IT area of an automotive company, she now supports the SECUSO research group as a research assistant in the DIGILOG project.

Kick-Off Seminar Security and Privacy Awareness (25-10-2019)

Last week we started our seminar “Security and Privacy Awareness”. This seminar is special, as it is organized by different institutes, which makes this course interdisciplinary. We are working together with the ITZ and the IIWR. Philosophy, law and computer science working together on security and privacy awareness.

Cooperation Police south Hessen and SECUSO (28-10-2019)

In November we got the chance to give two workshops for the police in Darmstadt, Hessen. We are pleased to share our knowledge of phishing with all the interested people.

Peter Mayer gives talk at PasswordsCon 2019 (24-10-2019)

From November 25th to 27th 2019 the PasswordsCon conference will be hel din Stockholm (Sweden). Peter Mayer will participate as speaker and present research results of SECUSO in his talk "Better Password Entry On the Couch".

New privacy friendly app: „Active break to go!“ (30-10-2019)

Active break of the workplace health management of the Institute of Sports and Sports Science meets SECUO's Privacy Friendly Apps. The new app "Active break to go!" reminds you of your favourite exercises at any time ... Whether on a business trip or at work. And all without your data being collected - simply privacy friendly. Give it a try:


SECUSO participates in European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) (08-10-2019)

The number of cyber attacks is steadily increasing. Anyone who thinks they are safe from such attacks is mistaken: at work or at home - each of us can become the victims of Internet criminals. In the context of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) we inform in two events on how to protect yourself: On October 11 in the context of the 'Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierun' from 15: 00-21:00 on the Campus South of the KIT (building 20.30). On October 23 at Campus North in the Casino from 11: 00-14: 00.


AIFB Thematic Issue 2019 - Invitation to the 35th AIK Symposium (07-10-2019)

In the AIFB Thematic Issue 2019 (German) you will find the invitation to the 35th AIK-Symposium "Blockchain – Proof-of-Worth" and other latest highlights from our Institute AIFB. The symposium will take place on October 25, 2019 and is organized by the AIK e.V.


SECUSO hosted the third GHOST project meeting in Karlsruhe (27-09-2019)

We were delighted to host the third EU GHOST project meeting at KIT in Karlsruhe. GHOST aims to deploy a highly usable and effective security framework for smart home residents. The project will apply behavioural design principles for the elaboration of a novel reference architecture for user-centric cyber security in smart home environments. The GHOST consortium discussed the latest stage of the progress and the next steps during two consecutive days of meeting.

Participation in the 'Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung' (26-09-2019)

At this event, on October 11th, SECUSO presents the materials developed and evaluated in the past (including flyers, information cards and posters) in the field of security awareness and education. The event will take place on campus. Citizens will learn how they can detect fraudulent messages such as phishing emails.


dialog@bw - Citizens' Forum on 11.9.2019 at the ZKM (09-09-2019)

To kick off the digilog@bw research project funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg, all citizens are invited to submit their questions during this event and thus help to shape the project. In addition to SECUSO, other experts from KIT but also from the University of Mannheim and the University of Tübingen will be represented. A panel discussion will give an insight into the project. Subsequently, questions and suggestions can be addressed to the experts in smaller rounds.

Paper at E-Vote-ID accepted (10-09-2019)

The paper "GI Elections with POLYAS: A Road to End-to-End Verifiable Elections" was accepted at E-Vote ID 2019. Apart from Melanie Volkamer, other KASTEL PIs (Prof. Beckert and Prof. Müller-Quade) as well as KASTEL PhD students are authors of the paper. The paper describes the activities of the GI Online Elections Working Group. More information will also be published in the next GI Radar.

Peter Mayer gives talk at the Public IT Security (PITS) (30-08-2019)
On September 2nd and 3rd Public IT Security (PITS) will take place in Berlin as the German expert symposium for IT security and cyber security for state and administration. Peter Mayer will participate as speaker in the panel "SPAM, Phishing and Ransomware" and present the anti-phishing materials developed by SECUSO.
SECUSO article in SCC news 2019 (27-08-2019)

During the international Safer Internet Day in February 2019 SECUSO participated in a KIT wide action to raise awareness for fradulent messages. The SCC news published an article to emphasize the success of this day. A lot of positive feedback is the reason for KIT to plan (and SECUSO to support) a second information event in the Cyber Security Month in autumn 2019.

Melanie Volkamer in the program comittee of SAC 2020 (28-08-2019)

From the 30.03. to the 03.04.2020 takes the Symposium „Computer Security track“ in Brno (Czech Republic) place. Until the 15th of september 2019 papers can be submitted. Prof. Melanie Volkamer will be part oft he program comittee. For more information please follow this link.

Melanie Volkamers interview of the „Computerwoche“ (26-08-2019)

KASTEL-Professor Melanie Volkamer was interviewed for the article „What is Usable Security“ that was published on the 7th of august 2019 on the online platform of the „Computerwoche“. The article is about the human being as the weakest link of the security chain, because he makes mistakes. The question is, what does a user have to know to be secure online and does he have to be involved in the security process. Especially in the last point, Prof. Volkamer advises to pronounce certain design recommendations for developers, which should help the user to recognise the security easier.

Presentation of our security awareness and education measures at the networking day for knowledge mediators of the BSI (23-08-2019)

On September 9th SECUSO in Berlin presents the security awareness and education materials developed and evaluated in the past (including flyers, cards and posters) in the 'market of possibilities' located in Berlin security awareness and education.

Third Security and Privacy Lunch is on the way (16-08-2019)

The next Security and Privacy Lunch at Café Gold is coming up. We would be delighted if we could once again welcome numerous researchers from a wide variety of organizations from Karlsruhe. The next lunch will take place on 20.08. at 13 o'clock. Also for "spontaneous" visits we ask for feedback to Rebekka Golling  so that we can reserve a sufficiently large table.

SECUSO participate at the 29th Cyber Security Day "Networks Protect Networks". (16-08-2019)

Our research group will be on-site at the 29th Cyber Security Day in Berlin on 26.09. We will be present with a booth and present our materials on Security Awareness and Education. In particular, the focus will be on the detection of phishing and other fraudulent messages. Besides, we will give an overview of the implementation of user studies and evaluation of our materials.

SECUSO cooperates with Stadtwerke Ettlingen (14-08-2019)

Within the framework of the KASTEL project, the research group cooperates with Stadtwerke Ettlingen. The cooperation aims to analyze the process of IT security mediation of the municipal utilities. Based on the experiences of the research group and the current state analysis, proposals will be developed to help disseminate the current IT security information and measures with defined processes within the company. This improvement will then be evaluated in a study.

„Society in the Digital Change – Digitalitisation in Dialogue“ (22-07-2019)

The research Group SECUSO represents KASTEL in the project „Digitalisation in Dialogue“ (Digilog). Digitalisation influences humans in many ways. Many questions are asked, e.g. how does Digitalisation influences our personal life and what risks and chances occur. To assure a positive transformation in future the main topics of digitalisation – „autonomy, knowledge and participation“ are discussed by various research institutions in Baden-Württemberg in order to provide scientifically grounded orientation knowledge.

Second Security and Privacy Lunch (17-07-2019)

Also the second "Monthly Security and Privacy Lunch" in the restaurant Gold was well attended. Once again, 20 researchers from various organisations and research groups were on site to discuss current topics. We are happy that the response has been so great and that new people are constantly joining us. The next lunch will take place on 20.08. We ask for feedback to Rebekka Golling until 13.08, so that we can reserve a sufficiently large table. 

Conference SICHERHEIT 2020 in Göttingen organizes Doctoral Forum (14-07-2019)

The conference SICHERHEIT 2020 takes place from the 17th to the 20th March 2020 in Göttingen. Melanie Volkamer is part of the programm committee. SICHERHEIT is a biennial conference. PhD candidates are invited to submit extended abstracts on their research related to any aspects of safety and security of IT systems until the 1st October 2019. More Informations can be found: 

SECUSO now sits in the hallway of 5.20-3A (01-07-2019)

So the move is almost complete and SECUSO has now moved into its new offices. From now on you can find our new offices in building 5.20-3A. There are some boxes and little things left. But soon we got completely used to the new premises and are looking forward to designing the hallway according to our ideas.

Guest lecture risk communication (28-06-2019)

We had the opportunity  to give a guest lecture on the 17.06. for the students of Zinaida Benenson at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Lukas Aldag gave a Lecture about risk communication. If you are interested take a look at the slides (unfortunately the slides are only available in German).

Next Security and Privacy Lunch (25-06-2019)

The first "Monthly Security and Privacy Lunch" at Restaurant Gold was a success with 20 researchers from KIT, FZI, Frauenhofer IOSB and Frauenhofer ISI. We hope all participants had as much fun as we did. We would be happy if we could welcome as many people to the next meeting on 16.07.2019. Please contact Rebekka Golling (rebekka.golling@kit.edu) so that we can plan accordingly.

Peter Mayer has joined the program committee of WAY 2019 (18-06-2019)

Peter Mayer has joined this year's program committee of the "5th Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop (WAY 2019)". The workshop will take place on August 11, 2019, in Santa Clara, CA, USA. The program is now available at: https://wayworkshop.org/2019/program.html

Poster accepted at SOUPS 2019 (18-06-2019)

The poster "On The Systematic Development and Evaluation Of Password Security Awareness-Raising Materials" by Peter Mayer, Christian Schwartz, and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for presentation at SOUPS 2018. The conference will be held August 11–13, 2019 in Santa Clara (USA).

Melanie Volkamer comments scobels discussion on „Datenflut und Wissensschatz“(18-06-2019)

Scobels video on 3sat discusses the use of new information technologies and algorithms. Melanie Volkamer talks about the need to create more awareness to what happens with the collected data in the future.

SECUSO Research ends facebook presence on the 15th of June 2019 (18-06-2019)

SECUSO Research used facebook for about five years as a platform to present current news and research results on topics such as data protection and the sensitive issue of the security of information. For some time, there has been negative press about facebooks negligent handling of data. Encrypted data and passwords are very important, so/ that’s why „SECUSO“ wants to set a statement by ending facebook presence.

KASTEL professors in the issue "Hacked - How do we protect ourselves against cyberattacks?" (12-06-2019)

"The invisible army" is the title of the article in the last issue of "Perspektiven", published by the research magazine of the Helmholtz Association. KASTEL spokesman Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade and KASTEL professor Melanie Volkamer commented on the possibilities of hackers and attackers to obtain important information and what users can do against it. The article is about how the increasingly digitalized world is making it easier for attackers to gain access to information and take control. Furthermore, it is discussed how we can make online data safer and how increasing awareness can also protect private users.

Nina Gerber has joined the program committee for the 5th Usable Security and Privacy Workshop at Mensch & Computer 2019 (23-05-2019)

Until June 7th contributions for the 5th Usable Security and Privacy Workshop at Mensch & Computer 2019 can still be submitted: https://das.th-koeln.de/workshops/usp-muc-2019/

As in previous years, the workshop offers a great opportunity to exchange ideas with researchers and practitioners on topics related to user-centered security and privacy.

Paper “Comparing "Challenge-Based" and "Code-Based" Internet Voting Verification Implementations” accepted (23-05-2019)

The paper “Comparing "Challenge-Based" and "Code-Based" Internet Voting Verification Implementations” by Oksana Kulyk, Jan Henzel, Karen Renaud and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted at the INTERACT 2019 conference which will take place on September 2.-6 in  Pathos, Cyprus.

Melanie Volkamer speaks at the symposium "Information Security" (23-05-2019)

On June 27, 2019, Melanie Volkamer will give a talk at the symposium "Information Security" of Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg about sensitization research and how to reach your colleagues (German title: "Sensibilisierungsforschung: Wie erreichen Sie die Kolleginnen und Kollegen?").

WI, SPOSE, STAST PC membership (23-05-2019)

As program-committee-member, Melanie Volkamer will support a number of conferences and workshops: "Information Security and Privacy" Track at WI 2020, SPOSE (Security, Privacy, Organizations, and Systems Engineering) and STAST (Socio-Technical Aspects in SecuriTy)) ESORICS workshops as well as Sicherheit 2020.


SECUSO member Peter Mayer has joined the organizing committee of the 2019 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). (22-05-2019)

ACSAC brings together cutting-edge researchers, with a broad cross-section of security professionals drawn from academia, industry, and government, gathered to present and discuss the latest security results and topics. With peer reviewed technical papers, invited talks, panels, national interest discussions, workshops, and professional development and training courses, ACSAC continues its core mission of investigating practical solutions for computer and network security technology. This year's 35th edition of the conference will be held from 9-13 December 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.

Alireza Zarei is newest member of SECUSO research team (30-04-2019)

Alireza Zarei has graduated from University of Göttingen with a Master degree in Applied Computer Science. Since April 2019, he is part of the GHOST project to develop a user-friendly application to improve security and privacy in Smart Homes.

Privacy Friendly Apps Family is growing (18-04-2019)

SECUSO has released two new privacy friendly apps and one update. The Privacy Friendly Apps are a group of Android apps that are optimized regarding privacy. The apps are developed by students who thus gain experience in the privacy-friendly development of mobile applications.

The new apps are:

Food Tracker makes it possible to track daily calorie consumption.

Sketching App lets you create and save simple sketches

The updated app is:

Finance Manager can be used to monitor and manage personal financials.

Privacy Friendly Apps
Paper accepted at EuroUSEC

The paper “Why Johnny Fails to Protect his Privacy” by Nina Gerber, Verena Zimmermann and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted at EuroUSEC 2019.

Monika Müller attends Spring E-Voting PhD Seminar (05-04-2019)

Monika Müller studies industrial engineering and works for SECUSO. She is interested in the usability of electronic elections. She will use the colloquium to establish contacts with doctoral students from various European universities and to exchange information on current research topics.

BMWi appoints Melanie Volkamer to the steering committee of the "IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft" initiative (04-04-2019)

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has appointed Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer to the steering committee of the "IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft" initiative. The committee met in Berlin on March 12, 2019 for its constituent meeting. The steering committee consists of IT security experts from business, science and administration. It consults the initiative, provides impetus and supports it in raising awareness and implementing IT security measures.

Paper accepted for publication in the journal Information and Computer Security (18-03-2019)

The paper „Keep on Rating - On the Systematic Rating and Comparison of Authentication Schemes” by Verena Zimmermann, Nina Gerber, Peter Mayer, Marius Kleboth, Alexandra von Preuschen and  Konstantin Schmidt has been accepted for publication in the journal Information and Computer Security.

Article accepted for publication in the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit" (18-03-2019)

The article "Sichere Instant Messaging Apps" by Jacqueline Brendel and Nina Gerber was accepted for publication in the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit".

Update for flyer "Betrügerische Nachrichten" (18-03-2019)

We've updated our "Fraudulent Messages" flyer and extended our infocard and a poster.

Now the Infocard and Poster also contain tips for detecting fraudulent attachments. The material currently is only available in German.

Talk at the GFFT Technology Race

Melanie Volkamer will report on current research at the GFFT Technology Race "Measurement and Increase of Security Awareness" at Lekkerland in Cologne on April 26th, 2019. The talk will present foundations of sensitisation research and current results from the SECUSO research group.

Neuer Informationsflyer zum Thema Auswahl einer Anmeldeoption

Basierend auf wissenschaftlich evaluierten Informationsmaterialien haben wir einen neuen Informationsflyer entwickelt, der Sie dabei unterstützt, eine passende Anmeldeoption für Dienstleister auszuwählen, die sowohl eine Single-Sign-On, als auch eine manuelle Anmeldeoption anbieten.

Oksana Kulyk starting as an assistant professor at the ITU Copenhagen (28-02-2019)

A SECUSO member Oksana Kulyk will start as an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen on the 1st of March. She will continue to collaborate with SECUSO within the GHOST project.

Lukas Aldag new SECUSO team member (27-02-2019)

Lukas Aldag is the newest member of the research group SECUSO at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). After finishing the master in psychology – human factor engineering, he supports the group in the domain of fraudulent messages and how to detect them.

Paper accepted at SPW 2019 (26-02-2019)

The paper "Audio CAPTCHA with a few cocktails: it’s so noisy I cant hear you" by Benjamin Maximilian Reinheimer, Fairooz Islam and Ilia Shumailov was accepted for publication at the International Workshop on Security Protocols (SPW). The conference will be held April 10-12th, 2019 in Cambridge (England).

Paper accepted at PETS 2019 (19-02-2019)

The paper "Investigating People’s Privacy Risk Perception" by Nina Gerber, Benjamin Reinheimer and Melanie Volkamer was accepted for publication at the conference Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS). The conference will be held July 16-20th, 2019 in Stockholm (Sweden).

Information flyer on PIN management now available in English (18-02-2019)

Our information flyer on PIN management helps users to remember personal identification numbers (PINs) they received (e.g. from banks) by offering memorisation strategies. We have translated this flyer to English, thereby expanding our portfolio of English information flyers. The flyer can be downloaded from our website.

Action day at Safer Internet Day in cafeteria foyer at Campus Süd (05-02-2019)

Under the motto "Protect the IT-infrastructure of the KIT together" we developed new informaiton materials and awareness measures on the topic of cybersecurity together with other central facilities and research groups (SCC, KASTEL, AIFB, ZML). On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day, we present them to the public in the KIT cafeteria and make ourselves available for questions on the topic of cyber-security. 

Do not change your password despite "Change Your Password Day" (01-02-2019)

Despite „Change Your Password Day“, do not change your password for no reason! The security advantage of changing your passwords as a precation is rather small. A better opportunity to use the day would be to set up a password manager or to try out two-factor authentication for particularly sensitive user accounts. More detailed information on the topic of regular password change can be found here, and general information about the protection of user accounts can be found here (both links currently German language only). 

Article published in the "DuD" Journal (31-01-2019)

The article "Diese Webseite verwendet Cookies: Wahrnehmungen und Reaktionen der Endnutzer auf Cookie-Meldungen" by Oksana Kulyk, Nina Gerber, Melanie Volkamer, Annika Hilt has been published in the February issue of the "DuD" journal.

SECUSO informs about the risks during the Data Privacy Day (28-01-2019)

At todays Data Privacy Day we would like to inform about the different risks considering privacy. To do that we developed some flyer, tools or explanation videos. Visit the following site to get an overview of our recent results.

Paper accepted at the Usable Security NDSS Workshop (25-01-2019)

The paper “Does This App Respect My Privacy?  Design and Evaluation of Information Materials Supporting Privacy-Related Decisions of Smartphone Users” by Oksana Kulyk, Paul Gerber, Karola Marky, Christopher Beckmann and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for publication at the Usable Security NDSS Workshop (USEC 2019), which takes place on 24. February in San Diego, CA.

Henrik Mucha as new SECUSO researcher (23-01-2019)

Henrik Mucha is a new member of the SECUSO research group. Henrik has studied Industrial Design and Usability Engineering. He has worked for many years on the research questions of human-computer interaction in the context of assistant systems and their interaction design. As his research at SECUSO, Henrik will be working on the topic „Privacy through Interaction Design“.

Article accepted to the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit" (20-12-2018)

The article "Diese Webseite verwendet Cookies: Wahrnehmungen und Reaktionen der Endnutzer auf Cookie-Meldungen" by Oksana Kulyk, Nina Gerber, Melanie Volkamer, Annika Hilt was accepted for publication in the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit".    

Paper accepted at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (20-12-2018)

The paper “I (don't) see what you typed there! Shoulder-surfing resistant password entry on gamepads” by Peter Mayer, Nina Gerber, Benjamin Reinheimer, Philipp Rack, Kristoffer Braun and Melanie Volkamer has been conditionally accepted for publication at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which will be held from 4th to 9th May 2019 in Glasgow, UK.

SECUSO organises E-Vote-ID 2019 (19-12-2018)

Prof. Melanie Volkamer belongs to the organisers of the E-Vote-ID 2019. The E-Vote-ID conference takes place every year and is one of the leading conferences on the topic of electronic voting. The conference welcomes leading experts in the area of electronic voting from academic research, industry and politics to exchange ideas and discuss various aspects. The E-Vote-ID 2019 will take place on 1.-4. October in Bregenz, Austria.

Call for papers
Paper selected for presentation at the 16th German IT-Security Congress (13-12-2018)

The paper „Erklärvideo “Online-Betrug” – Nach nur fünf Minuten Phishing E-Mails nachweislich signifikant besser erkennen“ by Melanie Volkamer, Karen Renaud, Benjamin Reinheimer, Marco Ghiglieri, Nina Gerber, Peter Mayer, Philipp Rack and Alexandra Kunz was selected for presentation at the 16th German IT security congress, which is organized by the BSI.

DuD article published (30-11-2018)

The paper "Nutzerwahrnehmung der Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung in WhatsApp" by Nina Gerber, Verena Zimmermann, Birgit Henhapl, Sinem Emeröz, Melanie Volkamer and Tobias Hilt was published in the November issue of the DuD Journal.

SECUSO employees at "Digitalisierung: Läuft!" (28-11-2018)

Our employees were at the start of the 3rd stage of "Digitalisation: Läuft!" in Karlsruhe on 16th November 2018. They represented both the KIT and KASTEL. On site was also Minister of Digitization Thomas Strobl, together with other employees of FZI, CyberForum and EnBW. The motto of the run was "security in the digital age". The stage led from the EnBW innovation campus to the newly launched "Cyberwehr des Landes am Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI)". The aim of the event was the transfer of knowledge and a general exchange on the subject of digitisation. The new open innovation platform will also be launched within the framework of this event.

New awareness materials online: info card and poster on the topic of phishing (26-11-2018)

Already in the past we published different materials with explanations on how to identify phishing messages, which were usually evaluated in user studies. Now there are new materials available, in form of an pocket-sized info card with a short overview and in form of a poster for the office. The materials are currently only available in German language.

Phishing Workshop at the RFH IT Security & Forensic Days 2018, 8. and 9.11.2018 (31-10-2018)

The RFH Cologne organises the IT Security & Forensic Days for the second time. The aim is to increase the sensitivity for security in IT systems and to raise awareness of the primary topic. The event will include expert lectures, discussions and workshops on the topics of IT security, data protection and IT forensics. Benjamin Reinheimer will also hold a workshop on the subject of phishing and fraudulent messages. The audience, consisting of students, lecturers, alumni and experts from all sectors, will learn the essential rules for detecting phishing interactively and will be provided with support for its implementation in daily life.

Three new Privacy-Friendly Apps published (29-10-2018)

Three new apps have been added to our group of Privacy-Friendly Apps. Among these apps are two new games. "2048" is a puzzle game, the goal of which is to reach the number 2048 by sliding the same numbers together. In our mobile version of a classic game "Minesweeper", one has to find all the mines on the playing field without triggering them. The third app “Finance Manager” can be used to monitor personal finances. As with the rest of privacy-friendly apps, the newly added apps are free and do not require any permissions that are not strictly necessary for their functionality. This means, that all of the three apps require no permissions. They furthermore contain no ads or user tracking mechanisms.

E-Vote-ID a success with over 100 participants (08-10-2018)

The International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting (E-Vote-ID) took place for the third time in Schloss Hofen in Bregenz, Austria. The conference hosted over 100 participants from five continents and provided a platform of talks and discussions among a variety of stakeholders, including academic researchers from different disciplines, practitioners and vendors. The pre-conference program included the PhD colloquium and demo session of voting systems.

New information flyer on choosing iOS apps (08-10-2018)

Just in time for the European Cyber Security Month, we publish a new information flyer that helps you to choose privacy-friendlier apps for your iOS devices. This iOS-specific flyer is based on the flyer for Android devices, which has been evaluated in a user study, and is further developed based on the feedback of end users. The flyer is currently only available in German.

Paper accepted at the 2018 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (26-09-2018)

The paper “On The Systematic Development and Evaluation Of Password Security Awareness-Raising Materials” by Peter Mayer, Christian Schwartz and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for publication at the 2018 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, which will be held December 3rd to 7th 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. The paper describes a process for the systematic development of awareness-raising materials, the application of that process for the creation of an awareness-raising material on the topic "protection of user accounts", as well as the evaluation of this material in three SMEs.

Benjamin Reinheimer presents at the DsiN MesseCampus@it-sa (26-09-2018)

Already in its 10th year, it-sa is organizing the DsiN MesseCampus@it-sa together with Deutschland sicher im Netz e.V..
The aim is to integrate young talents into the it-sa community and to present the IT security industry as an attractive, forward-looking industry for professional careers.
On the last day of the fair, we invite students from the higher semesters of IT security and related courses to visit the fair.
Benjamin Reinheimer will talk about his reasons for deciding to do research in IT security and his own experiences. Afterwards, the attendees can ask questions to the speakers in an open round.

SECUSO at the European Cyber Security Month (25-09-2018)

The European Cyber Security Month is coordinated by the German Federal Office of Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI). SECUSO participates together with KASTEL and SCC with new flyers, video on how to identify and avoid online fraud and new Privacy-Friendly Apps.

Melanie Volkamer organises Dagstuhl Seminar (17-09-2018)

The Dagstuhl seminar on the topic of "Biggest Failures in Security" is organised together with Frederik Armknecht (Universität Mannheim, DE), Ingrid Verbauwhede (KU Leuven, BE) and Moti Yung (Columbia University, US). The seminar takes place on 3.-8. November 2019 in Schloss Dagstuhl.

New Privacy Friendly Health App (6-09-2018)

Our family of Privacy-Friendly Apps in Health category has grown. In addition to the existing apps (Pedometer, Interval Timer and Circuit Training, Pain Dairy), now there is also a Privacy Friendly Pausing Healthily App (available in Google Play Store and in F-Droid Store).The app has been developed in collaboration with a physiotherapist Eduardo Fontao. Just like the rest of our Privacy Friendly app, the Pausing Healthily only requests permissions that are necessary for its functionality (in this case, no permissions) and does not contain any tracking mechanisms, so that no (user) data is being collected. It is also free and yet does not show any ads. Privacy Friendly Pausing Healthily App makes it easier to structure your work by reminding you to take breaks during work. The app also offers many useful relaxation, mobilisation and stretching exercises that can be combined into individual programs.

Paper accepted at the 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance (28-08-2018)

The paper “Assistance in Daily Password Generation Tasks” by Karola Marky, Peter Mayer, Nina Gerber, and Verena Zimmermann has been accepted for publication at the 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance (co-located with UbiComp 2018), which will take place on 8th October 2018 in Singapore. The paper describes the concept, implementation and evaluation of the Privacy Friendly Password Generator app, which can be downloaded in Google Play Store. The app aids users in generating and managing their passwords.

Paper accepted at the HICSS-52 conference (18-08-2018)

The paper "A Proxy Voting Scheme Ensuring Participation Privacy and Receipt-Freeness" by Oksana Kulyk and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for publication at the 52. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-52), which will take place on 8.-11. January in Grand Wailea, Maui. The conference is A-ranked according to CORE.

Benjamin Reinheimer is doing his summer internship at the International Computer Science Institut (ICSI) (15-08-2018)

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) is an independent, non-profit institute in the field of computer science (Computer Networking, Brain Networks, Usable Security and Privacy and Cybermanufacturing). The institute is located in Berkeley, CA, and has been affiliated with UC Berkeley since its foundation in 1988.
Benjamin Reinheimer is currently completing a 13-week internship at ICSI. He is a member of Nicholas Weaver's team in the "Networking and Security" working group.

"Privacy-friendly Cookie Settings" browser extension is available in Chrome Store (31-07-2018)

An extension for Google Chrome, “Privacy-friendly Cookie Settings”, designed to support the users in their cookie configuration, is available for download in Chrome Store. The extension aims to support the lay users by providing explanations for the available cookie settings, enables easier navigation through the settings via an assistant mode and supports fine-grained configuration with the possibility of website-specific settings.

Paper accepted at the E-Vote-ID Conference (22-07-2018)

The paper "Usability is not Enough: Lessons Learned from 'Human Factors in Security' Research for Verifiability" by Oksana Kulyk und Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for publication at  the 3. International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting (E-Vote-ID 2018), which will take place on 2.-5. October in Bregenz, Austria.

Paper accepted at the Journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit" (20-07-2018)

The paper "Nutzerwahrnehmung der Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung in WhatsApp" by Nina Gerber, Verena Zimmermann, Birgit Henhapl, Sinem Emeröz, Tobias Hilt and Melanie Volkamer has been accepted for publication at the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit".    

Two papers accepted at International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance 2018 (11-07-2018)

The two papers "Motivating Users To Consider Recommendations On Password Management Strategies" by Peter Mayer, Alexandra Kunz, and Melanie Volkamer as well "The Quest to Replace Passwords Revisited – Rating Authentication Schemes" by Verena Zimmermann, Nina Gerber, Marius Kleboth, Alexandra von Preuschen, Konstantin Schmidt, and Peter Mayer have been accepted for publication at International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2018), which will take place on 29.-31. October in Dundee, Scotland.

Paper accepted at 4. USP Workshop at MUC 2018 (11-07-2018)

The paper "Evaluation der Nutzbarkeit von PGP und S/MIME in Thunderbird" by Nina Gerber, Marco Ghiglieri and Birgit Henhapl was accepted at the 4th Usable Security and Privacy Workshop at the Mensch und Computer 2018, which will be held on September 2 in Dresden, Germany.

Human Factors in Security & Privacys in IoT

We are co-guest editing a special issue on human factors in security and privacy in IoT for thei informatics journal. The submission deadline is November 30 2018.

2 Workshop papers and 2 posters accepted at SOUPS 2018

Two papers were accepted for publication in workshops which are co-located with SOUPS: The paper "Home Sweet Home? Investigating users’ awareness ofsmart home privacy threats" by Nina Gerber, Benjamin Reinheimer and Melanie Volkamerwill be presented at the workshop An Interactive Workshop on the Human aspects ofSmarthome Security and Privacy (WSSP) and the paper “ACCESSv2: A Collaborative Authentication Research and Decision Support Platform" by Peter Mayer, Philip Stumpf, Thomas Weber and Melanie Volkamer will be presented at the workshop  Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication 2018 (WAY 2018). Furthermore, the posters "‘This Website Uses Cookies‘: Users' Perceptions and Reactions to the Cookie Disclaimer“ by Oksana Kulyk, Annika Hilt, Nina Gerber and Melanie Volkamer and "Addressing Misconceptions About Password Security Effectively" by Peter Mayer and Melanie Volkamer have been accepted for presentation at SOUPS 2018.

Paper accepted at SOUPS 2018

The paper "Replication Study: A Cross-Country Field Observation Study of Real World PIN Usage at ATMs and in Various Electronic Payment Scenarios" by Melanie Volkamer, Andreas Gutmann, Karen Renaud, Paul Gerber, and Peter Mayer was accepted for publication at the USENIX conference Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), which represents the primary venue for research in usable privacy and usable security. The conference will be held August 12–14, 2018 in Baltimore (USA).

Paper accepted at ARES 2018

The paper „Finally Johnny Can Encrypt. But Does This Make Him Feel More Secure?” by Nina Gerber, Verena Zimmermann, Birgit Henhapl, Sinem Emeröz and Melanie Volkamer was accepted at the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES), which will be held from August 27 to August 30 at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Paper accepted at the TrustBus 2018 conference

The paper " Phishing Detection: Developing and Evaluating a Five Minutes Security Awareness Video" by Melanie Volkamer, Karen Renaud, Benjamin Maximilian Reinheimer, Philipp Rack, Marco Ghiglieri, Peter Mayer, Alexandra Kunz, Nina Gerber has been accepted at the TrustBus 2018 (15th International Conference on Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business).

Melanie Volkamer referiert bei der Auftaktveranstaltung zur diesjährigen Wissenschaftsreihe EFFEKTE der Stadt Karlsruhe [German only]

Ein Jahr, zwölf Ausgaben Wissenschaftskommunikation, vier Veranstaltungsorte – ab dem 5. Juni 2018 ist die EFFEKTE-Reihe wieder mit einem abwechslungsreichen Programm der verschiedenen Karlsruher Wissenschaftseinrichtungen an einem Dienstag auf dem Gelände des Alten Schlachthofs zu Gast. Unter dem Motto "Karlsruhe 4.0" finden Sie hier das Programm und alle Themenabende des ersten Veranstaltungshalbjahres. Alle Veranstaltungen sind kostenfrei. Die Auftaktveranstaltung steht unter dem Motto "Digitalisierung: Risiken, Gefahren und Lösungen" und findet am 5. Juni von 19:30 bis 22:00 Uhr im Tollhaus statt. Welche Risiken das sind und wie die neuen Herausforderungen gemeistert werde können, darüber sprechen Dr. Dirk Achenbach vom FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Dr. Michael Friedewald vom Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung und Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.

Paper accepted at IEEE TrustCom 2018 conference

The paper "A Concept and Evaluation of Usable and Fine-Grained Privacy-Friendly Cookie Settings Interface" by Oksana Kulyk, Peter Mayer, Oliver Käfer and Melanie Volkamer was accepted at the 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (IEEE TrustCom-18), which is A-ranked.

Best paper award at SAC 2018

The paper „Helping John to Make Informed Decisions on Using Social Login“ by Farzaneh Karegar, Nina Gerber, Melanie Volkamer and Simone Fischer-Hübner won a best paper award in the theme „System Software and Security” at SAC 2018.

21st International E-Voting Colloquium at KIT

On April 9th and 10th, Melanie Volkamer and Oksana Kulyk co-organised the 21st E-Voting Colloquium at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology together with the KASTEL professors Prof. Dr. Bernhard Beckert and Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade. 

Since 2006, the colloquium takes place in order to consider different aspects of E-Voting, such as legal hurdles, identity management, legal and technical aspects, costs and challenges of the verification of elections. In addition to presentations and discussions dedicated to the current state of research of the participating doctoral students, the highlight of this year's colloquium was the demo session of the voting machines from the SECUSO research group. The presented machines included the mechanical voting device 'System Darmstadt' and a NEDAP voting computer, both were used in the past for legally binding elections in Germany, yet are currently not allowed to be used for such elections anymore. Furthermore, the EasyVote system has been presented, which was developed within the SECUSO research group for elections that allow cumulative voting and panachage. 

Paper accepted for EuroUSEC

The paper "This Website Uses Cookies: Users' Perceptions and Reactions to the Cookie Disclaimer" by Oksana Kulyk, Annika Hilt, Nina Gerber, Melanie Volkamer has been accepted at a European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P) event, the 3rd European Workshop on Usable Security (EuroUSEC), which will be held at 23. April 2018 in London.

Paper accepted for publication in the Computers & Security Journal

The paper „Explaining the Privacy Paradox - A systematic review of literature investigating privacy attitude and behavior” by Nina Gerber, Paul Gerber and Melanie Volkamer was accepted for publication in the Computers & Security Journal.

Two articles have been published in the Datenschutz und Datensicherheit journal

The article “Analyse der Sicherheit und Erinnerbarkeit der DsiN-Passwortkarte“ by Peter Mayer, Alexandra Kunz and Melanie Volkamer, as well as the article “Effektiver Schutz vor betrügerischen Nachrichten“ by Stephan Neumann, Benjamin Reinheimer, Melanie Volkamer, Alexandra Kunz and Christian Schwartz were accepted for the journal DuD Datenschutz und Datensicherheit. In the same issue you can find an article from KASTEL colleagues Jürgen Beyerer, Jörn Müller-Quade und Ralf Reussner on the topic of “Karlsruher Thesen zur Digitalen Souveränität Europas”.

Happy Easter! Online-Fraud-Video is now available in English (31-03-2018)

As a little Easter surprise, we are happy to announce that our educational Video "Online-Fraud - How to identify and avoid dangers" is now also available in English. The popular five-minute video on the topic how to identify and avoid dangers by identifying them through education, is a result of scientific evaluation of the effectiveness in regard to the recognition of fraudulent messages. 

Happy Easter and stay safe, the SECUSO-Research Group

The family of Privacy Friendly Apps has grown (29-03-2018)

SECUSO just published five new Privacy Friendly Apps and two updates.The Privacy Friendly Apps are a group of Android apps that are optimized regarding privacy. All apps were developed within SECUSO's usable security and privacy lab by students. The lab aims to teach privacy-aware developed as well as app development.

The new apps are:
* Pain Diary: An app that facilitates recording pain related data like location and intensity of pain.
* Boardgame Clock: An app that supports the time management of boardgames.
* Checkers: A boardgame for one or two players.
* Circuit Training: An app that supports the user in circuit training via time tracking and exercise display.
* WiFi Manager: Automatic switching on an off of the device's WiFi depending on the user's location.

The updated apps are:
* Net Monitor: Monitoring the network traffic of installed apps without permissions.
* Todo-Liste: Managing of todo tasks.

SECUSO researcher organizes E-VOTE-ID 2018 (13-03-2018)

Prof. Melanie Volkamer, Professor at the SECUSO research group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Technische Universität Darmstadt is co-organizing the International Conference for Electronic Voting (E-VOTE-ID) 2018.

This conference is one of the leading international events for e-voting experts from all over the world. E-VOTE-ID is an annual meeting formed by merging EVOTE and VoteID. The third joint conference will take place in October 2018.

One of its major objectives is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of all issues relating to electronic voting. Cumulatively, since 2004 more than 750 experts from 35+ countries in six continents have attended this conference to discuss electronic voting and related topics.

The aim of the conference is to bring together e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and industry in order to discuss various aspects of all forms of electronic voting (including, but not limited, to polling stations, kiosks, ballot scanners and remote voting by electronic means) in three conference tracks and a PhD colloquium.

The E-Vote-ID 2018 will be held in Bregenz, Austria, on October 2-5, 2018.

Privacy Friendly Weather offers more security and enhanced usability (19-03-2018)

Our Privacy Friendly App "Weather" received a big update.

Due to the usage of HTTPs for forecast requests the app offers an enhanced security and privacy. Furthermore, Privacy Friendly Weather's userinterface was redesigned. Besides design improvements, the app now offers a better performance. Forecast data are loaded more efficiently and the app starts faster.

Three configurable widgets form a further highlight.

SECUSO bei der ZKI Tagung in Konstanz (09-03-2018)

Im Rahmen der Tagung des Unterarbeitskreises "IT-Sicherheit" des Vereins der Zentren für Kommunikationsverarbeitung in Forschung und Lehre (ZKI e.V.) an der Universität Konstanz gibt Dr. Marco Ghiglieri am 14.03.2018 einen Vortrag zum Thema "Wie Sie sich mit effektiven Maßnahmen gegen Phishing und andere gefährliche Nachrichten schützen können".

Materialien zum Thema "Phishing und andere gefährliche Nachrichten" wurden u.a. innerhalb des vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie im Rahmen der Initiative IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft geförderten Projekts KMU AWARE entwickelt.

SECUSO researcher organizes iPAT 2018 (05-03-2018)

SECUSO researcher Nina Gerber is co-organizing the 1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Privacy and Trust (iPAT 2018).

The workshop is held in conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2018) in Hamburg, Germany, on August 27th. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields in order to support users in protecting their private data. An interdisciplinary approach is needed to develop privacy enhancing technologies that address not only technical aspect, but also aspects related to usability, psychology, economy, sociology, philosophy, and law. This interdisciplinary workshop thus seeks submissions from a wide range of disciplines (computer science, usability, law, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, ethics, …) that cover the various aspects of privacy and trust.

Submissions are due to May 4th.

Safer Internet Day - SECUSO informiert, wie Sie sich vor Online-Betrug schützen können (06-02-2018)

Heute findet bereits zum 19. Mal der weltweite Safer Internet Day statt. Auch das AIFB und KASTEL beteiligen sich am Aktionstag: Anlässlich des diesjährigen Tags für mehr Internetsicherheit haben wir unseren NoPhish Flyer erweitert, um Ihnen aufzuzeigen, wie Sie sich vor Online-Betrug im Allgemeinen schützen können.

Viel Spaß beim Nicht-Betrogen werden.

Link zum Flyer

ACCESS now available to the public (02-02-2018)

ACCESS - Authentication ChoiCE Support System - is a platform that helps developers and decision makers to select appropriate authentication schemes for their application scenarios. It allows specifying the requirements needed for an authentication scheme to be suitable. Then, the platform compares the requirements with the entries of its knowledge base and lists the five most suitable authentication schemes. The knowledge base contains data about a variety of authentication schemes from the scientific literature. ACCESS enables usage of this data by non-experts.

Paper accepted at CHI conference (31-01-2018)

The paper "What Did I Really Vote For? - On the Usability of Verifiable E-Voting Schemes" by Karola Marky, Oksana Kulyk, Karen Renaud and Melanie Volkamer was accepted at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).

Paper accepted at GI-Sicherheit 2018 (29-01-2018)

The paper "Comparative Usability Evaluation of Cast-as-Intended Verification Approaches in Internet Voting" by Karola Marky, Oksana Kulyk and Melanie Volkamer was accepted at "Sicherheit 2018.

Research results from the SECUSO research group added to the iX Info-Hub for Security-Awareness-Ressources (26-01-2018)

Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the provision of IT security awareness-raising and education measures is a problem. To support such SMEs, iX has launched the info hub for security awareness resources.

In the course of the project "KMU AWARE" of the German initiative "IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, numerous awareness-raising and education measures tailored to SMEs have been developed. These measures are now linked in the iX Info-Hub for Security Awareness Resources and therefore easily accessible to interested parties.

SECUSO contributes to a textbook on 'Sicherheitskritische Mensch-Computer-Interaktion' (12-01-2018)

The book 'Sicherheitskritische Mensch-Computer-Interaktion' has been published by Springer. It contains the chapter 'Human Factors in Security' by Paul Gerber, Marco Ghiglieri, Birgit Henhapl, Oksana Kulyk, Karola Marky, Peter Mayer, Benjamin Reinheimer and Melanie Volkamer. Therein, the authors provide an introduction in the topic of human factors in security and present general solutions based on the Human-Centered Security by Design approach.

Special issue on e-voting published (01-01-2018)

"Special issue on e-voting", Journal of Information Security (JISA) 2017 (editors: Budurushi, J., Neumann, S., Renaud, K., Volkamer, M.) is now available.