Broadly, we study the intersection of computer security and privacy with human factors. We are particularly interested in investigating end users, administrators, developers and designers of computer systems and their interdependencies with computer security and privacy mechanisms.
Our research involves large-scale analyses of the Internet and software repositories to understand the huge challenges humans face when interacting with computer security and privacy mechanisms.
To understand root causes, evaluate existing mechanisms and investigate novel ideas, we conduct all kinds of user studies with end users, administrators, and developers of these systems.
We are offering a lecture and a seminar this winter semester:
- The Foundations of IT Security lecture for bachelor students covering foundational topics in IT Security. Exercises cover topics introduced during the lecture from a more practical point-of-view (often involving written Python code). Highly recommended if you plan to take any further courses with us.
- A Human Factors in Cybersecurity seminar for master students. We will dive into the research of the last decade in Usable Security and Privacy and get to know the process of publishing a scientific paper. Simulating a computer science conference’s publishing process, you will critically read and review papers, give short presentations, and discuss the papers with your fellow students. Highly recommended if you plan on joining academia.
Application deadlines for the summer job postings have passed. If you are interessed in possbile future openings, feel free to contact Prof. Fahl.
Our office is under new leadership by Ms. Griga. Starting this week, our office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00-11:00 (Welfengarten 1, A418)
We are offering two classes this summer semester:
- A White-Hat-Hacking lab for both bachelor & master students: A practical approach to penetration testing and IT security from an attacker’s view point.
- A lecture covering Human-Centered Security for master students: Learn about recent advances and methods in human-centered research with a focus on IT security (Highly recommended if you plan to write your master thesis with us).
Starting now, we are offering 4 paid positions for student assistants (“HiWis”). Job duties include assisting researchers and supporting lectures. Available positions range from 8 to 16 work hours per week.
Only requirement is being a student in informatics at LUH (Bachelor or Master). Especially students in early bachelor semesters are highly encouraged to apply. You can contact us here.