The research group SECUSO (Security • Usability • Society) belongs to the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The group was founded in 2011 by Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer at the TU Darmstadt. SECUSO moved to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at the beginning of 2018. SECUSO is a member of Kastel, K-CIST and KD²Lab.

Google Fonts Checker (28-09-2022)

According to a judgment by the Munich Regional Court from January 20, 2022, website owners may be liable for damages if they use reloading Google fonts. This is mainly due to the fact that data is sent to the USA without the visitor's consent and technical necessity. SICHER3's Google Fonts Checker checks whether fonts from Google are reloaded when a website is visited. The managing director of SICHER3, Dr. Marco Ghiglieri, worked as a doctoral student and post-doc in the SECUSO research group before becoming self-employed.

The Google Fonts Checker
SECUSO receives Consumer Protection Award (27-09-2022)

The SECUSO research group received the Federal Consumer Protection Award from the German Consumer Protection Foundation (“Deutsche Stiftung Verbraucherschutz”, DSV)! The prize is awarded for the development of user-friendly and simple concepts and tools that help users of online services, apps and software to protect their privacy and data security. The prize is awarded by the foundation of the Federation of German Consumer Organizations to outstanding consumer protection projects. The prize was awarded on Monday, September 26, 2022, in Berlin. Dr. Peter Mayer accepted the award on behalf of the research group.

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Melanie Volkamer on Simulated Phishing Campaigns (26-09-2022)

October is cybersecurity month, the European initiative coordinated by ENISA and by the European Commission to raise cyber security awareness in Europe. In the context of GÉANT’s cybersecurity month campaign “CSM22 – A Community of Cyber Heroes”, Melanie Volkamer will talk about simulated phishing campaigns. Her talk “To do or not to do: dangers of simulated phishing campaigns” will take place on October 20, 2022, 4 - 5 pm. The main objective of CSM22 is to increase knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity in the broad international Research and Education community by providing its members and users with targeted and tailor-made content and useful tools in the fight against cyber crime.

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Melanie Volkamer at SSAD and SWSD in Bern (23-09-2022)

On October 26 and 27, 2022, Melanie Volkamer will give a presentation at the SWITCH Security Awareness Day 2022 (SSAD) and the Swiss Website Security Day 2022 (SWSD). At SSAD, the topic “Phishing Training without Phishing Simulation” will be discussed. The SWITCH Security Awareness Day aims at giving some insights into the different possible ways to deal with Security Awareness while pointing out where to get support and what is most crucial for being successful. For the Swiss Website Security Day, Melanie Volkamer will present the INSPECTION project. The one-day event will address current security issues for Swiss registrars and webhosters.

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