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.

Workshop on IT security and data protection flaws (01-12-2021)

Reports on weak spots and data breaches are omnipresent these days - although companies always tell us that they value our privacy. Prof. Melanie Volkamer and Prof. Dominik Herrmann, University of Bamberg, will lead a workshop of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” on security issues and data breaches in companies. Participants will investigate poor IT security and data protection mechanisms and confront the companies with their results. The workshop will take place in Weimar, Germany, from March 20 to 25, 2022.

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NoPhish goes UN (22-11-2021)

The SECUSO NoPhish research results were part of an online training on cybercrime at the United Nations African Union Mission in Dafur (UNAMID). In consultation with SECUSO, detective chief superintendent (KHK) Rühl, police department South-Hesse, used the english version of the NoPhish videos to train the staff in dealing with e-mails. Especially international organisations are regularly the target of organized cybercrime attacks. 

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SECUSO is member of CAST (22-11-2021)

CAST stands for Competence Center for Applied Security Technology. CAST is a competence network, where knowledge about security technologies is communicated for all levels of knowledge. The competence center helps end users with information events, consulting, workshops and tutorials to better assess the use of security technologies. The SECUSO research group is now part of the network.

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Cooperation with school in Karlsruhe has started (17-11-2021)

Corona has shown that especially at schools digital processes are lagging behind. In many cases, workarounds were put before security and data protection. We are therefore thrilled to see that the Kant-Gymnasium in Karlsruhe committed themselves to another course: As of now, passwords and user data will be stored securely and user-friendly. Dr. Peter Mayer was invited to speak about password security and the use of password managers at a school meeting last Friday. Together with the teachers, he developed strategies and exchanged ideas about password security and secure password usage.

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