Technische Universität Darmstadt and Fraunhofer SIT have investigated cloud databases like Facebook’s Parse and Amazon’s AWS and found 56 million sets of unprotected data. The researchers found email addresses, passwords, health records and other sensitive information of app users, which may be easily stolen and often manipulated. App developers use cloud databases to store user data but apparently ignore the security recommendation given by the Cloud providers. As a result, many user accounts are threatened by identity theft and other cybercrimes. Read the full press release here.
Today I am officially starting my new position as a full “cooperative” professor for Secure Software Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and Technische Universität Darmstadt. About two years ago TU Darmstadt started establishing such professorships to foster scientific exchange with external research institutions such as Fraunhofer SIT. In addition to their basic research in an academic context, cooperative professors are meant to conduct applied research, in large parts in collaboration with industry. At Fraunhofer SIT I plan to transition into practice some of the exciting research we have been conducting over the past few years.
Am 25. April werden wird der CAST e.V. ein Seminar zum Thema Sichere Software entwickeln – Erfahrungen, Methoden, Werkzeuge abhalten. Ich selbst werde darüber referieren, wie sich die Sicherheitsmodelle von Java und Android unterscheiden und welche Vor- und Nachteile sich hieraus für Endnutzer und Entwickler ergeben. Insbesondere werde ich auch einen Exploit für die zu Jahresbeginn bekannt gewordenen Java-Lücken erklären. Nähere Informationen zur Veranstaltung erfahren Sie hier.
I am happy to announce that I will be offering my lecture on Automated Software Engineering again in the upcoming winter semester. I have updated the topics slightly but the general structure will remain the same. Find more information here.
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Tandem is not just a bike with two seats, it also means “at last” in Latin. At last I received my Ph.D. Diploma today! After only eight months of waiting time –yeah! Guess in what language it was written? Click the photo…
I hope I will be able to translate it at some point. For US immigration officers this appears to be too hard of a job.
Update: Here is the text and English translation. Thanks to Nicholas Greco!
In my opinion, a very simple but effective measurement for the effectiveness of presentation slides is the bullet-to-slide ratio, i.e., the average number of bullets per slide. In my opinion, one should aim for a ratio smaller than 1. I just sat in a presentation with a ratio clearly larger than 7 and it was awful.