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Research against Fake News - ATHENE director at BMBF press conference

On the occasion of today's Safer Internet Day, Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger presented the funding priority "Detecting and Combating Digital Disinformation Campaigns" at a press conference. ATHENE Director Prof. Michael Waidner classified the topic from a scientific perspective and explained what research can contribute to recognising and combating disinformation and disinformation campaigns. In this context, ATHENE develops tools that facilitate the early detection and containment of disinformation.

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LOEWE top professorship in Frankfurt for our cyber expert Dr. Haya Shulman

Dr. Haya Shulman, coordinator of the ATHENE research area Analytics Based Cyber­security and head of the department Cyber­security Analytics and Defenses at Fraunhofer SIT, has accepted the call to a professorship at the Institute of Computer Science at Goethe University Frankfurt as of February 1, 2022, and will thus also take up a LOEWE top professorship as of March 1, 2022. The LOEWE research funding program of the state of Hesse is providing around 2.18 million euros over a period of five years to endow the professorship. This had already been decided by the LOEWE Administrative Commission in the fall of 2021 on the basis of a recommendation by the LOEWE Program Advisory Board.

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Ten innovative cybersecurity startups in next round of accelerator program

The accelerator program "SpeedUpSecure" promotes startups with innovative solutions in the field of cybersecurity. Ten startups qualified for the program and will undergo a two-month intensive and targeted training program starting in early February. They will have access to a strong network of experts from business and research, who will be involved in the accelerator as mentors, jurors, coaches or with keynote speeches. The start-up incubator StartUpSecure at the National Research Center for Applied Cyber­security ATHENE in Darmstadt launched the Accelerator. It is supported by the partner incubators for cybersecurity CISPA in Saarbrücken, Cube 5 in Bochum and StartUpSecure KASTEL in Karlsruhe.

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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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