Aufruf zur RUBTrust Fallstudie

09.09.2011 - Christoph Kowalski

Aufruf zur Teilnahme an der Fallstudie RUBTrust.

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6th European Trusted Infrastructure Summer School (ETISS)

07.07.2011 - Christoph Kowalski

The System Security Lab (TU Darmstadt) organizes the 6th European Trusted Infrastructure Summer School (ETISS) at TU Darmstadt, Germany, 19th-24th September 2011.

The summer school covers a variety of fields related to creating a trustworthy computing platform and trustworthy infrastructure to cope with the demands of current and future information processing. This includes Trusted Computing, machine virtualization, new hardware architectures, and new network security architectures.

ETISS is open to all researchers and technologists in IT security from academia and industry with an interest in advanced learning and research discussions on next generation trusted infrastructure technologies and their role in helping secure our information society. The aim of the summer school is to provide a programme that is useful for new and established researchers as well as for professionals from industry in the area.



Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter mit CAST-Förderpreis 2010 ausgezeichnet.

22.11.2010 - Christoph Kowalski

Gruppenbild Ges­tern wurde in Darm­stadt der CAST-För­der­prei­ses 2010 ver­lie­hen. In der Ka­te­go­rie Mas­ter- und Di­plom­ar­bei­ten setz­te sich Lucas Vin­cen­zo Davi vom Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit (Horst Görtz In­sti­tut) mit sei­ner Ar­beit "De­tec­tion and Preven­ti­on of Re­turn-Ori­en­ted Pro­gramming At­tacks with Ex­ten­si­on to In­te­gri­ty Me­a­su­re­ment Ar­chi­tec­tu­res" durch. Davi ent­wi­ckel­te in sei­ner Ar­beit neue Me­tho­den zur De­tek­ti­on von Re­turn-Ori­en­ted-Pro­gramming-An­grif­fen. Die Plät­ze 2 und 3 gin­gen eben­falls an Bo­chu­mer ITS-Ab­sol­ven­ten: Felix Grö­bert (Goog­le) und Ralf Zim­mer­mann (HGI) konn­ten die Jury mit ihren Ar­bei­ten "Au­to­ma­tic Iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of Cryp­to­gra­phic Pri­mi­ti­ves in Soft­ware" und "Op­ti­mi­zed Im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the El­lip­tic Curve Fac­to­riza­t­i­on Me­thod on a High­ly Par­al­le­li­zed Hard­ware Clus­ter" über­zeu­gen. Die Aus­zeich­nung für den ersten Platz ist mit einem Preis­geld von 3000€ ver­bun­den.

Neue Projekte am Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit: MediTrust und RUBTrust

10.05.2010 - Christoph Kowalski

Sicherheit für Daten im öffentlichen Dienst und im Gesundheitswesen
MediTrust und RUBTrust: RUB-IT-Spezialisten werden gefördert
Weltweit erster großflächiger Einsatz von Trusted-Computing-Technologie

Vertrauenswürdige IT-Plattformen und Infrastrukturen für den Schutz personenbezogener Daten in der öffentlichen Verwaltung und im Gesundheitswesen sind Ziel der Projekte RUBTrust und MediTrust. Die beiden Projekte werden im Rahmen des Programms „Wachstum für Bochum“ vom Land NRW, der Stadt Bochum sowie NOKIA mit insgesamt rund 3,5 Mio. Euro gefördert. Besonderes Augenmerk der Wissenschaftler liegt auf der sog. Usable Security: Das System muss weitestgehend ohne Benutzerinteraktion und -fachwissen auskommen. „Denn jede Entscheidung, die der Benutzer oder Administrator treffen muss, ist ein potenzieller Schwachpunkt“, sagt Prof. Dr. Ahmad Reza Sadeghi (RUB-Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit am Horst Görtz Institut für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik). Neben ihm sind die Hauptakteure das RUB-Dezernat für Informations- und Kommunikationsdienste sowie die Sirrix Security Technologies AG.


Prof. Dr.Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi awarded with "Karl Heinz Beckurts-Preis 2008"

30.10.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, head of the chair for System Security at the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Bochum has been awarded by the Karl Heinz Beckurts-Stiftung for his excellent research about Trusted Computing technology and its transfer to industrial practice. This renowned price honors excellent scientific achievements that gave visible impulses to industrial innovations in Germany and that have been supported by the laureates. The Karl Heinz Beckurts Award is endowed with 30.000 Euro and will be awarded to a maximum of three scientists in Germany. The award ceremony will take place at Munich in December 2008.

The chair for System Security is part of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security. The research focus of the chair lies on the design and development of security architectures (especially operating systems), Trusted Computing in hardware and software, and cryptographic protocols.

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Interview with WDR

28.08.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Interview with WDR

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi has been interviewed by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). The full interview (German) is available at the WDR website.

MIMOS and Ruhr-University partner to nurture Trusted Computing Technology

11.08.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

MIMOS and Ruhr-University partner to nurture Trusted Computing Technology

MIMOS, a strategic agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Ruhr-University, Bochum (RUB) in Germany to nurture trusted computing technology.

Under the MoA, MIMOS will collaborate with RUB on Trusted Infrastructure projects with the ultimate aim of developing information security technology platforms for commercialisation in Asia Pacific including Malaysia and Europe.

Trusted Infrastructure relates to building trust into communications infrastructure by embedding trusted computing functionalities into its components. MIMOS is spearheading research and development in trusted computing to enable researchers to explore and apply its strength to our daily lives.

The collaboration with RUB will enable the two organisations to combine their research and development strengths, share resources and exchange results of innovations, particularly in information security.

RUB was chosen as MIMOS' partner of choice as it is the largest university-based research centre in Trusted Infrastructure in Europe. The collaboration will see more than 30 researchers from MIMOS and RUB synergising their effort in developing Trusted Computing and Trusted Infrastructure projects.

More information can be found in the official MIMOS press release and the RUB press release.

Conference on Future of Trust in Computing

02.07.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

The conference on the Future of Trust in Computing has been organized by the International School of IT Security and took place in Berlin from June, 30th until July, 2nd. It focused on future trends and technology innovations in defining trust, on discussions about current technologies, and on privacy, policy, and assurance issues.

The conference enjoyed a great acceptance among the audience as it counted about 150 guests also from overseas (e.g., from Asia, Europe, and North America). This can be ascribed to the increasing importance of trusted computing as a promising technology for establishing trust in information and communication technology.

The audience represented a broad mixture (including users, regulators, and industry) and thus, panel discussions and talks offered different views on the topic. The schedule allowed for informal networking, which gave the participants the possibility to discuss their ideas and thoughts. Both industry and governmental delegates presented their activities in the area of trusted computing. In addition, EU Commissioner David Cornwell gave an overview of related EU activities.

The talks also provided insights to practical projects. For instance, one talk presented a research project pertaining to trusted network access control that combines Turaya with TNC@FHH.

E-health, which enjoys great public attention, was given a great significance within the conference due to the personal and sensitive character of patient data that requires a high degree of protection.

Regarding the current status quo, still a lot of research has to be done but both industry and academics are already making great efforts in order to ensure further progress.

Workshop on Security Hardware in Theory and Practice

20.06.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Workshop on Security Hardware in Theory and Practice

The Workshop on Security Hardware in Theory and Practice took place at Schloss Dagstuhl from June, 18 to June, 20th. The workshop aimed at discussing and investigating problems, challenges, and some recent scientific and technological developments in the area of security hardware and related technologies as well as specific aspects of software security (whitebox, cryptovirology) that are of great interest from the system security perspective, and can be deployed to solve various real world security problems.

Visit to Japan with German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

01.06.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Visit to Japan with German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

In occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD), more than 300 alumni as well as representatives from science, industry, and politics met from March, 30 to June, 1 in Tokyo.

At the DAAD meeting, a new working group for “IT-Security” has been established, which has been organized and moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Horst-Görtz Institute for IT-Security (HGI), Ruhr-University Bochum. Prof. Sadeghi accompanied state secretary Dr. Michael Stückradt of the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology on his journey to Japan. The primary goal of the journey was to strengthen research cooperations between Japan and Germany.

In the workgroup on IT-Security renowned Japanese scientists gave talks on different areas of IT security: Prof. Shigeo Tsujii, president of the Institute of Information Security, talked about the composition of technical and legal methods to find optimal solutions and assessment of aspects of security, privacy, and usability in the information society. Dr. Tatsuaki Okamoto, NTT Laboratories, gave a talk on the latest research results of NTT Research Lab in the area of quantum computing. Dr. Kazue Sako, NEC Research Labs, focused on the use of cryptographic techniques for anonymous authentication, which can be used to protect privacy in networked and distributed communication systems that more and more frequently store personal information for different commercial purposes.

Talk by Giovanni Di Crescenzo

11.04.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Giovanni Di Crescenzo (Telcordia Research, USA) gave the talk "Perfectly Secure Password Protocols in the Bounded Retrieval Model".

Talk by Jesse Walker

10.04.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Jesse Walker (Intel Corporation, USA) gave the talk "Distributed Trust Models in Community Networks".

Conference TRUST 2008

03.04.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Conference TRUST 2008

The conference Trust 2008 took place in Villach, Austria, from March, 11th to March, 13th. Prof. Sadeghi was scientific chair of this conference that aimed to bring together scientific stakeholders in the field of trusted computing from all over the world. TRUST was organized for the first time and has been visited by more than 140 researchers.

The System Security Group organized a research track that was held on two days in parallel to the TRUST 2008 conference. Topics like Trusted Channels, Trusted Virtual Domains, Runtime Monitoring and Policy Issues were discussed with international research partners, i.e., IBM Research Zurich, HP Labs Bristol, and Politecnico di Torino. The goal of the research track was to foster research and to create publications.

Talk by Ivan Visconti

21.02.2008 - Christian Wachsmann

Ivan Visconti (University of Salerno, Italy) gave the talk "Co-Sound Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Public Keys".

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi won the Innovation Award of Ruhr-University Bochum

15.11.2007 - Christian Wachsmann

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi won the Innovation Award  of Ruhr-University Bochum

For more information visit the university's news website.

New Lectures

15.10.2007 - Christian Wachsmann

Additional to the lecture "System Security", in this winter term our group offers two completely new lectures for students:

  • Trusted Computing
  • Aspects of Modern Cryptography

European Trusted Infrastructure Summer School (ETISS) 2007

05.10.2007 - Christian Wachsmann

European Trusted Infrastructure Summer School (ETISS) 2007

The 2nd European Trusted Infrastructure Summer School (ETISS) 2007 took place at Ruhr-University Bochum from September, 29th to October, 5th. It has been organized by the System Security Group and has been visited by more than 100 researchers from Europe and oversees. For more information visit the ETISS 2007 website.