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ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Dr. Eike Kiltz

Practical applications are often complex and mathematically messy – which is why theoretical research has often dealt with problems that have nothing to do with real-world situations. Eike Kiltz hopes to change that.

Cryptography plays a crucial role in modern IT security. And yet, basic research has primarily focused on purely theoretical problems of little practical relevance. “Many significant cryptography problems from the real world have been neglected in the process,” says Professor Eike Kiltz from the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His aim is to narrow the gap between theory and practice in cryptography. The European Research Council ERC is funding his research with an Advanced Grant, worth 2.5 million euros for five years. The project is expected to start in autumn 2022.

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Inaugural lecture Alena Naiakshina

The Faculty of Computer Science cordially invites you to Alena Naiakshina's inaugural lecture "Don't Blame Developers! Examining a Password-Storage Study Conducted with Students, Freelancers, and Company Developers". Since November 2021, Naiakshina is a professor for Developer Centered Security and investigates the behaviour of software developers in regard to IT security.

When? 25th May, 2PM
Where? Open Space of the Faculty of Computer Science (building MC, room 0.34)

Abstract and registration

Save the Date!
14th of June, 2022: Inaugural lecture Ghassan Karame (Information Security)
22nd June, 2022: Inaugural lecture Kevin Borgolte (Software Security)

Student elections: Faculty Council and Senate

On June 14, 2022, the election of students for their representatives in the respective faculty councils and the RUB Senate will take place at RUB. All enrolled students of the faculty can elect their representatives for the term from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023 and thus actively participate in the processes and life of the faculty and the RUB. Voting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Open Space in Building MC.

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Information event of the examination office and student advisory service on May 23rd

The founding and establishment of our faculty brings with it some new developments and processes. Of course, these also affect you students. In a digital information event on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 8:30 a.m., we would like to introduce you to important structures and people of the faculty, especially the Dean's Office with the staff of the Examination Office and the Student Advisory Service/Program Coordinators. We are looking forward to your input so we can establish an efficient and service-oriented student service!

Zoom link (Meeting-ID: 623 8474 5634, Password: 905999)

"Today, I am very happy with my decision to have studied at RUB"

Kevin Kloft is a graduate of the RUB and now works as a Security Solutions Architect at the cybersecurity consulting boutique carmasec in Cologne. In this interview, he talks about his time as a student, the path to his first job, and his current focus areas.

Not only does he give tips on how to write your thesis and explain what his first steps after graduation looked like, but he also paints a detailed picture of his job as a Security Solutions Architect.

Read the full interview (German)

RuhrSec celebrates its comeback

After a two-year break from Corona, the English-language non-profit IT security conference RuhrSec took place again on May 5 as part of the eurobits Security Summit 2022. About 100 interested people from science and industry filled the event center of the RUB with life and followed the expert presentations.

RuhrSec is organized by the start-up Hackmanit, whose founding team includes Prof. Jörg Schwenk and Dr. Christian Mainka from the Chair of Network and Data Security.

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Students organize lectures and collect donations

An informative program on the Ukraine war and a joint fundraising campaign with the German Red Cross are scheduled for the end of April 2022 on the RUB campus.

14 RUB students from seven faculties have joined forces to put on a solidarity event in response to the war in Ukraine. On April 25, 27, and 28, 2022, lectures will take place in lecture hall HID and via livestream, each from 5 to 8 p.m. (admission from 4:30 p.m.). Experts from a variety of disciplines, from cybersecurity to historiography, will highlight different aspects of the war. Participation is free of charge. A snack will be provided.

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Register now for ITS.Connect 2022!

Those, who want to prepare for the job fair can have a look at ourjob board which will be updated constantly. The RUB Career Service is also offering the digital warm-up event "Use company fairs correctly" on April 29. Here you can find out how to get the best out of ITS.Connect, leave a lasting impression on companies and how you can stay in touch with exciting companies after the trade fair. If you would like to take part in the trade fair training, simply tick the appropriate box when registering for ITS.Connect!

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Searching for a (student) job? Our new job board is online

If you are looking for an IT job, you don't have to look far with us: in preparation for the job fair for IT security ITS.Connect, which will take place on May 3, 2022, we have relaunched the faculty's own job exchange. Students and alumni of applied computer science, computer science and IT security will find current offers for internships, part-time jobs or permanent positions at the companies participating in the fair. The ads will soon also be bookable for all companies.

Those who would like to get to know the companies personally have the opportunity to do so at ITS.Connect. Open questions can also be clarified. The trade fair training provided by the Career Service ensures optimal preparation for the trade fair, so that nothing stands in the way of your dream job.

Tip: By clicking on the headings, the job offers can be sorted by company, area or type of employment.

Find your dream job here
Information regarding ITS.Connect

From Bochum to the Wide World: An Artwork Starts its Journey

At the end of the art-science residency RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY, Marco Barotti will present his artwork APES on the RUB campus - before it starts its journey to international art festivals directly afterwards.

An extraordinary project ends with a festive closing: On Thursday, April 28, the final artwork will be presented, which the media artist Marco Barotti has created in the course of the art-science residency RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY in the past months. In the fall of last year, he submitted the initial idea for his project entitled APES as part of an open call and succeeded against 16 other artists from all over the world.

Registration for participating in the event

The application phase for the Deutschlandstipendium starts on April 5

From April 5 to May 12, 2022, students have the chance to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium (scholarship)!

The scholarship amounts to 300 euros per month for two semesters. In addition to the financial grant, scholarship holders are given the opportunity to come into direct contact with the sponsoring company and can thus expand their professional network.

Who can apply? In principle, all students of the Faculty of Computer Science can apply for a scholarship. In addition to good academic performance and social commitment, other factors such as special personal and familial circumstances or belonging to a group that is underrepresented at the faculty and in the IT industry are also taken into account in the evaluation, so take your chance!

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(available from April 5)

Register for the Tandem.MINT language learning program by April 10

The Tandem language learning program Tandem.MINT offers students of STEM disciplines (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math) an individual and specialized approach to expand their foreign language skills. Working together with a tandem partner from a similar field of study, you can test and improve your subject-specific as well as your general language proficiency and skills in intercultural communication.

Applications are still possible until April 10.

Tandem will be hybrid next semester, which will continue to make state and university boundaries secondary. Students will have the choice of meeting in person or online, and the introductory session will continue to be held online. Since the winter semester of 20/21, we have successfully partnered with Virginia Tech from the U.S., which we will continue this semester to give even more students the opportunity to expand their language skills with English-speaking participants. The tandem will be offered in the certificate variant this semester; however, it is again possible to receive 3 CPs for participation, which will be awarded through the ZFA.

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Save the Date - ITS.Connect celebrates its comeback on May 3 at the Convention Centre

Good news at the start of spring: The company contact fair specializing in IT security will in all likelihood be held again as a live event at the RUB Convention Centre on May 3, 2022.

Participants can look forward to more than 40 companies from the IT security industry, including start-ups, medium-sized companies, public authorities and corporations. ITS.Connect is the ideal event for all IT security students who are looking for internships, theses with a practical focus, part-time jobs or entry-level positions. The fair is also ideal for all those who would like to exchange experiences and make contacts with employees from the IT security departments of the companies. The established company contact fair takes place this year in its 14th edition and thrives on its relaxed atmosphere - meanwhile even RUB alumni participate with their businesses.

The week from May 2 to 5 in Bochum is all about IT security: ITS.Connect is embedded in the various offerings of the eurobits Security Summit.

Keep track of all the latest info!

Alumni Angel Meetup on the occasion of ITS.Connect on May 3

The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security invites alumni, students and young founders in cooperation with the startup incubator Cube 5 to the first Alumni Angel Meetup.

In addition to exciting presentations by Dr. Axel York Poschmann (Executive Director xen1thLabs and RUB alumni) and Prof. Dr. Ghasssan Karame (Faculty of Computer Science, RUB), a digital speed dating event lasting approximately one hour offers all participants the opportunity to meet again, get to know each other and network. Here, memories, experiences or expertise can be exchanged in a digital format, business models can be presented and investors and advisors for startup companies can be found. The event will take place as part of ITS.Connect and the eurobits Security Summit as a hybrid event.

Have a look at the program

Pilot Project for the Ruhr Area: Cyber Defense for Medium-Sized Businesses

eurobits wants to provide more support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fight against cyber attacks. On March 22, the Bochum-based European Competence Center for IT Security is launching the pilot project for the first cyber defense in the region so that SMEs, which are often inadequately protected, can get help as quickly as possible after a hacker attack has occurred. The digital rescue service will start in the three Ruhr area cities of Bochum, Essen and Gelsenkirchen and can be reached on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the free emergency number 0800-1191112. If the project is successful, the Cyberwehr plans to expand its operations to other cities in the Ruhr region as early as next year. After that, other regions in NRW could also gradually follow. The pilot project is being funded 80 percent by the state and the EU, with the rest coming from the association and sponsors.

See press release (in German)
To the Cyberwehr webpage

"It's always an asset to the science community when it's diverse."

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to honor the achievements of women*, raise awareness of bias, and advocate for equality! In 2022, it is themed "Break the Bias", a motto that is especially significant for computer science. We appreciate all faculty members who fight prejudice and bias every day and actively shape the image of modern computer science.

Professor Maike Buchin reports on the importance of a diverse community in science and the hurdles that still stand in the way in an interview with Deutschlandfunk on February 11, 2022.

Listen now (in German)!

*By possibly mentioning gender-assigning attributes, we imply all who feel they belong to that gender, regardless of biological sex.

Michael Walter joins as W3 Professor of Quantum Information

Since January 2022, Michael Walter is the new Professor of Quantum Information at the Faculty of Computer Science. In his research group, an international team explores the implications of quantum mechanics - the laws which describe nature on its smallest scales - for the theory of computing. “Quantum computers do not simply compute faster, but they operate using completely different principles than ordinary ‘classical’ computers,” he explains. “Accordingly, the design of quantum algorithms and protocols requires entirely new concepts and ideas.” Walter is also interested in applying ideas from quantum information to other areas of computer science, mathematics, and physics. The research group is actively involved in several national and international collaborations with academic and industrial partners.Read further...

Kick-Off EqualCS - The first plenary meeting on equality at the Faculty of Computer Science on February 24, at 12 PM

All members form and shape the face of the Faculty of Computer Science on a daily basis. Its still young history offers us the unique opportunity to directly and firmly anchor an active equality engagement as a core strategic orientation of our faculty.

Why do we need equality? As an educational and research institution in computer science, we bear a special social responsibility: Hardly any other science is as shaping and defining the future as computer science. For this very reason, diversity and participation of all perspectives is essential at our faculty. Equal opportunity work should of course not only promote quantitative and qualitative equality of opportunity between the genders, but also strengthen all underrepresented groups.

We explicitly invite all members of the Faculty of Computer Science interested in working on equal opportunities for all to the kick-off meeting of EqualCS - Equal Opportunities@Computer Science on February 24, 2022 from 12 to 1 pm via Zoom (Meeting ID: 614 6822 5753 Password: 355889).

All participants are welcome to give their input. We will brainstorm together how we want to shape our equality work: What are our goals and how can we achieve them? In addition, we will generate proposals together for the equal opportunity officers of all status groups. We look forward to a lively participation and would like to emphasize that equal opportunity work is a meaningful task that can be used to actively influence the daily life of our faculty.

IT Security Meets Art

Within the framework of an art-science residency entitled "RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY", an intensive collaboration between the HGI and media artist Marco Barotti takes place.

At first glance, art and IT security seem like two completely opposite worlds. Scientists of the Cluster of Excellence CASA and the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security are currently exploring how the two disciplines can enrich each other. Within the framework of an art-science residency entitled "RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY", an intensive collaboration with media artist Marco Barotti is taking place, through which an interdisciplinary work of art will be created.

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The "Möglichmacher" research trip makes a stop in Bochum

NRW Minister of Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen was given an insight into current IT security research at RUB.

Whether it was the hacker attacks on the German Bundestag in 2015 or the cyberattack on a municipal IT service provider that paralyzed the transmission of the latest Corona figures for weeks in the fall of 2021: cyberattacks are becoming increasingly refined. That's why we depend on a secure IT infrastructure in a mobile, digitized society. On January 24, 2022, at the sixth stop of her research trip "#Möglichmacher", the Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen informed herself at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) of RUB and the Cluster of Excellence "CASA: Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" embedded there about the diversity of cutting-edge research and what contribution it makes to a secure future.

The 2nd Computer Science Day will take place on 23 February

Why can we remember a two-hour film but not all three things on a shopping list? How can security vulnerabilities be prevented already during the development of software? What security risks should have been considered before the mass adoption of blockchains? What curiosities does fuzzing hold as an automated software testing technique?

Answers to these and more questions can be found by all who are interested at the 2nd Day of Computer Science. We cordially invite all curious people to the online event on 23 February 2022 from 2 pm. The short presentations will be followed by a virtual get-together. If you register by 11 February 2022, you will receive a small surprise package for the event (while stocks last).

Registration, programme and latest info

HGI is hosting the 9th IT Security Award 2022

Registration for participation in the economic prize for IT security in Germany with an endowment of 160,000 euros is possible from 03.01.2022. Every two years, the Horst Görtz Foundation awards the German Prize for IT Security with the aim of consolidating the position of IT security "made in Germany". In 2022, the Horst Görtz Foundation is again looking for new innovative concepts and solutions. This time, the 9th German IT Security Award 2022 will be organized and hosted by the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security.

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Alena Naiakshina occupies new professorship for Developer Centered Security

Prof. Dr. Alena Naiakshina will fill the professorship Developer Centered Security from November 2021. “I deal with diverse topics in IT security, with a focus on user-friendly systems for software developers. As part of my work, I conduct studies with software developers to study their behavior with regard to security,” she explains.

The underlying background of her research is that, just like end users, software developers are usually not security experts. A lack of understanding of security in the development process can later lead to millions of end users being put at risk.

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Steffen Bondorf fills W2 professorship for Distributed and Networked Systems

Steffen Bondorf will hold the W2 professorship for Distributed and Networked Systems from 01 December 2021. In October 2019, he was appointed as the first RUB Junior Professor under the joint tenure-track program of the German federal and state governments for the promotion of young scientists.

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The first IT.Connect starts with over 150 participants

In line with the launch of the new Faculty of Computer Science at the Ruhr University Bochum, a new event format was also created: IT.Connect – the company contact fair for academic IT professions. The fair celebrated its premiere on November 17 and 18 with over 150 participants, including over 120 students – first online, then in the new building of the Faculty of Computer Science. With the IT.Connect, the ITS.Connect, which is the trade fair for jobs in IT security and which has already been established since 2008, gets its sister event for the entire field of computer science.

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Ghassan Karame fills W3 professorship in Information Security

Just as the Faculty of Computer Science is established, it is already growing: Prof. Dr. Ghassan Karame will fill the professorship for Information Security from November 2021, thus expanding the research portfolio of the faculty.

The newly appointed professor’s research interests lie in all aspects of security and privacy, with a particular focus on blockchain security and privacy, machine learning security, and storage security.

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HGI graduate receives award for his thesis

Benedict Schlüter has been honored with the eurobits Excellence Award 2021 for his bachelor thesis. For the fifth time, the European Competence Center for IT Security (eurobits) has honored an outstanding thesis from the field of IT security and information security with the eurobits Excellence Award. The 21-year-old Benedict Schlüter convinced with his bachelor thesis on the topic "Security Analysis of eBPF", which he wrote at the Horst Görtz Institute (HGI) of the RUB. Jury head and deputy CEO of eurobits, Ralf Benzmüller, justified the award with the high practical relevance of the research results for the detection of complicated security vulnerabilities.

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Election of the Faculty Council: Submission of election proposals

Faculty members of all status groups (professors, academic staff, technical and administrative staff, and students) are invited to submit proposals for the members of the Faculty Council until 29.10.2021.

Please send your proposals informally by e-mail to the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Computer Science (informatik-dekanat@rub.de).

For information on voting locations and absentee voting, please visit the info page on the Faculty Council election.

The NERD.NRW Research Training Group is being extended: NERD II is coming

The application of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) for the continuation of the Research Training Group (RTG) “North-Rhine Westphalian Experts in Research on Digitization”, NERD for short, was successful: NERD II will be funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for 3.5 years starting in February 2022 with a sum of around 2.5 million euros. In addition to the RUB as organizer, the universities involved are FH Münster, WWU Münster, University of Paderborn, RWTH Aachen and the University of Wuppertal.

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Operating systems for next generation computers

Previous main memories are always dependent on the power supply, new ones are not. Computers must be equipped for this.

While current main memories immediately lose their stored data without a power supply, new technologies are designed for non-volatile memories. Operating systems suitable for this are the focus of the NEON project, which is being funded by the German Research Foundation at RUB and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg for two years starting in October 2021. The coordinator is Prof. Dr. Timo Hönig, who heads the "Bochum Operating Systems and System Software (BOSS)" research group at RUB's Chair of Operating Systems and System Software.

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Elections to the first Faculty Council of the Faculty of Computer Science

All members - about 200 employees and 2000 students - of the Faculty of Computer Science, which will be founded on 01 October 2021, are called upon to elect the first Faculty Council. This is composed of 15 members plus one representative per member and forms the central decision-making body of the faculty.

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Women in IT Security

The CASA Cluster of Excellence has launched a new event to promote outstanding female students and scholars.

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Christof Paar receives Ring of Honor from the City of Bochum

This is in recognition of his commitment to IT security in Bochum.

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"This is crucial"

For the first time since 1985, RUB is setting up a new faculty. Computer science is thus given a new significance as a focus of study and research.

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