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German IT Security Award 2022: Applications open until 15.02.2022

The IT Security Award, which is offered by the Horst Görtz Foundation and endowed with a total of 160,000€, will be awarded for the 9th time in 2022. The finalists and winning projects will be selected in a two-stage process by an independent jury of experts. Applicants can register until 15.02.2022 and submit their short version, which will be used by the jury to make a preliminary selection. Applicants who are accepted for the long version can then submit it in a submission period from 01.04.2022 to 31.05.2022.

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Optimizing cybersecurity through visual analytics

Six hours without Facebook, Instagram and Co.: For the US-based Meta Inc. this meant losses in the billions. But how do such problems occur and how can they be identified as quickly as possible? ATHENE researchers at Fraunofer IGD have been working on this complex of issues for several years with the goal of making network data more understandable. This will enable more people to assess what is happening in their own network. Current and future possibilities for visual analysis should simplify the work of security experts.

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ATHENE researcher receives award for dissertation

For her dissertation "From the Quest to Replace Passwords towards Supporting Secure and Usable Password Creation", Dr. Verena Zimmermann received one of the three prizes awarded by the Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit e.V. (GDD) at the end of last year for young academics. Her work was done as part of the ATHENE project "Integrating Safety and Security Aspects in Secure Urban Infrastructures" in the SecUrban research area and one of its predecessor projects. Verena Zimmermann is a researcher in the Work and Engineering Psychology Research Group at the TU Darmstadt.

 

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ACM appoints ATHENE researcher as Distinguished Member

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Prof. Max Mühlhäuser a „Distinguished Member“for his outstanding scientific contributions in computer science. Prof. Mühlhäuser is head of the Telecooperation Lab at the Department of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt, and coordinates the User-centered Security and Privacy (UCSP) research area in ATHENE.

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Best Paper for ATHENE researchers at WIFS 2021

ATHENE researchers from the Biometrics and Internet-Security Research Group at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences received the Best Paper Award at the 13th IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS 2021) for their paper "Differential Anomaly Detection for Facial Images". WIFS is the primary annual event organized by the IEEE Information Forensics and Security (IFS) Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. It aims to bring together researchers from relevant disciplines to discuss challenges, exchange ideas and share the state-of-the-art results and technical expertise in the ares of information security and forensics.

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Projekt EduMiDa mit Beteiligung von ATHENE-WissenschaflEduMiDa project launched with the participation of ATHENE researcherster*innen gestartet

In the EduMiDa project, ATHENE researchers from Fraunhofer SIT are working together with researchers from the Universities of Bremen and Münster to investigate how data protection and economic interests can complement each other in the deployment planning of employees. The technology partner is the software provider p.l.i. solutions.

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Award Ceremony CAST IT Security Award 2021

The CAST IT Security Award was presented for the 21st time a few days ago. Reviewers from CAST e.V. had looked through all the submissions in advance and assessed their quality. On this basis, a total of eight authors were nominated for the finalist workshop. Pia Bauspieß from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences won among the Master's theses. Her thesis was written in the Biometric and Internet-Security Research Group at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, led by ATHENE researcher Prof. Christoph Busch.

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Three contributions by ATHENE researchers in the new Data Protection and Data Security

ATHENE data protection experts Dr Annika Selzer and Sarah Diel (LL.M.), both from Fraunhofer SIT, are (co-)authors of three articles published in the December issue of the journal "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (DuD)". The scientists deal with data protection-compliant data protection metrics in an employment relationship as well as with potentials of anonymous data processing in a smart city environment.

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What are the risks of mobile apps?

With its platform, the start-up project Queryella enables in-depth checks of mobile apps for security vulnerabilities and data protection violations and contributes to the protection of users and companies. The promising project has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since the beginning of July 2021 with €0.8 million as part of the StartUpSecure initiative and is supported by the StartUpSecure I ATHENE start-up incubator.

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Post by ATHENE researchers on the APNIC blog: DNS-over-TCP is considered vulnerable

In their latest post on the APNIC blog, ATHENE-researchers discuss recent recommendations to use TCP instead of UDP for sending DNS packets. In order to be able to traverse a network more easily, large packets are often divided into smaller packets by means of so-called IP fragmentation. TCP with Path MTU Discovery (PMTUD) was recently proposed as an alternative to this IP fragmentation. In this context, the recommendation was made to use TCP instead of UDP for sending DNS packets. This is based on the assumption that TCP is resistant to IP fragmentation attacks.

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