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The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security invites all postdocs, doctoral students and master students to participate at the

2nd SecHuman Summer School „Usability, Cybercrime and Ethics of Cybersecurity”
September 3-6, 2018, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany



New approaches to cybersecurity focus increasingly on the interaction between the user and technology. The SecHuman Summer School is dedicated to numerous aspects of this emerging interdisciplinary research field.

For four days, renowned researchers from Germany, the UK and the US will provide insights into their recent advances in cybersecurity into three relevant and topical subjects: Usable Security, cybercrime as a socio-technical phenomenon, and ethical concerns regarding data security. The focus will be on pragmatic research problems such as: “How can we use data and design interfaces to improve the overall security of the internet?” or “How do users perceive security and privacy from psychological perspective?”. Several specific scenarios will be discussed. For example, “What does the organizational structure of online black markets look like?”, “Wow does human decision-making affect IT security?”, or “how should we deal with illegally obtained data in IT security research?”.

The Summer School offers a unique networking opportunity; in addition to the presentations there will be interesting social events: the first evening you will be invited to a dinner and the other day we will visit a brewery. One evening will be free for individual socializing. Beside the programme of the SecHuman Summer School, there is the possibility to start the SecHuman Summer School with Escape-Rooms as a teambuilding exercise. So you can get to know each other before working togehter the next day.

The Summer School is intended for early-career researchers with a strong interest in interdisciplinary aspects of IT security.



Invited Speakers

Prof. Sascha Fahl, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Deutschland



Sascha Fahl is a Professor for Usable Security and Privacy at Ruhr University Bochum. Previously, he held the chair for Information Security at Leibniz University Hannover and was independent research group leader at CISPA, Saarland University. Sascha studied Computer Science at Philipps University Marburg and received a PhD in Computer Science. He worked with the Chrome Security team and was a researcher at Fraunhofer FKIE. His research won the NSA's best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition and received a Google Faculty Research Award.


Prof. Blase Ur, University of Chicago, USA



Blase Ur is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago, where he and his students research computer security, privacy, and human-computer interaction as the UChicago SUPERgroup. He has received three best paper awards (CHI 2017, USENIX Security 2016, and UbiComp 2014), as well as honorable mentions at CHI 2016 and CHI 2012. He is the recipient of the 2018 ACM SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award, the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award, an NDSEG fellowship, and a Fulbright scholarship. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (PhD and MS) and Harvard University (AB).


Dr.-Ing. Lydia Kraus, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic



Lydia Kraus is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research on Cryptography and Security, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She obtained her Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing., Ph.D. equivalent) from Technical University of Berlin in 2017 with a thesis on the user experience with security and privacy mechanisms on smartphones. Lydia appreciates working in interdisciplinary environments. She enjoys deploying approaches from disciplines such as user experience and positive psychology to make security and privacy mechanisms more attractive for end-users.


Elissa Redmiles, University of Maryland, USA



Elissa Redmiles is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland in Computer Science. Her research focuses on using computational, economic, and social science methodologies to understand and mitigate digital threats to users' well-being. She focuses particularly on security and algorithmic threats and her research has appeared in Scientific American, Business Insider, and other popular press publications. Elissa frequently collaborates with the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the University of Zurich, and Facebook. She is the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Defense and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and a Facebook Fellowship. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Elissa held Marketing Management and Software Engineering roles at IBM and was a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago.


Dr Daniel R. Thomas, University of Cambridge, UK



Daniel R. Thomas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge
Cybercrime Centre. He completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. His PhD work explored security metrics for computer systems, including an analysis of the vulnerabilities in the Android platform. His research interests are in measuring security so that we can monitor improvement, evaluate interventions, and inform
regulators. His current work at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre focusses on understanding Distributed Denial of Service attacks, facilitating the sharing of data on cybercrime with researchers, and investigating the ethical and legal issues involved in such data sharing.


Dr. Alice Hutchings, University of Cambridge, UK



Dr Alice Hutchings is a Senior Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. A criminologist, her research interests include understanding cybercrime offenders, and the prevention and disruption of online crime. She is a researcher in the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, an interdisciplinary initiative combining expertise from the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory, Institute of Criminology, and Faculty of Law.


Sara Correia, Swansea University, UK



Sara Correia is a Ph.D. researcher within the Cyber Threats Intelligence Centre (CyTIC) at Swansea University's Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Sara is undertaking an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project to profile fraud and cybercrime victims, in collaboration with the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (UK). Her research interests include the ethics of internet research, digital criminology and policing. Sara holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations and a Graduate Diploma and Law. She has also undertaken an MSc by Research on counter-terrorism policing. In addition, she has worked as a researcher within industry and academia, has interned with the UK’s Home Office and is a tutor in both Law and Criminology. In her spare time, she produces and co-presents the Cyber Law and Security Podcast.


SecHuman Summer School organized by

SecHuman Forschungskolleg NRW

SecHuman is a PhD school focusing on Security for People in Cyberspace from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. 13 PhD students with technical as well as backgrounds in humanities explore issues in IT-Security. Companies as well as partners from politics serve as advisors, making sure that the questions in focus are of relevance for society.


SecHuman Summer School supported by

Wirtschaftsförderung Bochum

Summer School Programme
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Summer School Poster
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