The research group SECUSO

The research group SECUSO 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.

We want YOU! (25-05-2022)

Our SECUSO research team is growing! We are offering a research associate position at the earliest possible date. You will conduct research in the field of Human Factors in Security & Privacy. For our interdisciplinary team we are looking for researchers with a degree in computer science, business informatics, media informatics, industrial engineering, mathematics, communication sciences, psychology, or related areas. Programming experience and experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies is an advantage. The position is suitable for PhD candidates as well as PostDocs. Salary category 13 TvÖD is intended.

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DuD article on manipulative designs of cookie disclaimers (24-05-2022)

Franz Lehr (TU Dresden), Heike Dietmann, Chiara Krisam and Melanie Volkamer (SECUSO) published an article about the manipulative design of cookie disclaimers in the current issue of “Datenschutz und Datensicherheit” (data protection and data security, DuD). A recent study analyzed the cookie disclaimers of the most visited websites in Germany. The authors could observe that most cookie disclaimers are not privacy friendly. In this article, we comment on the current legal basis and provide and discuss recommendations for the future of cookie disclaimers. 

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STAR represents SECUSO at #HM22 (23-05-2022)

STAR, the Security Teaching & Awareness Robot of the SECUSO research group, will accompany us to the Hannover Messe, which will start next week. At the Hannover Messe, the research group will present parts of the NoPhish materials, which were developed by SECUSO. With the help of NoPhish, users can learn to detect fraudulent e-mails and other messages and protect themselves against phishing. Recognizing fraudulent messages can be trained with START this year at the Hannover Messe. Visit us from May 30 to June 2, 2022 in the Future Hub, hall 2, Stand B40!

Peter Mayer on passwords in the radio broadcast SWR3 (20-05-2022)

The German broadcast station SWR3 presented in his “hot topic” on May 6, 2022, new but secure authentication methods. With the title “Vergesst vergessene oder unsichere Passwörter” (Don’t mind forgotten or insecure passwords), the authors presented the FIDO procedure. This should be more comfortable to the users and provide an alternative to current authentication methods. The interview with Peter Mayer starts after 1.30 minutes.

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