Selected Publications

31th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications,2017

Computing Surveys (CSUR),2016

Journal of Computer Virology and Hacking Techniques,2016

Electronic Markets,2014

Computers & Security,2014

8th ACM International Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS),2013

Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS),2012

Information Hiding Conference,2011

USENIX Security,2011

European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC),2011


Evaluation Models for the Resilience and Stealth of Software Protections and Malware

The project EMRESS (Evaluation Models for the Resilience and Stealth of Software Protections and Malware) deals with the problem of quantification of software protection techniques which are used both in commercial programs as well as malicious software (malware). Despite the fact that software protection techniques have been researched and used in practice since over two decades, no models for the strength of different protections exist. The lack of models is highly problematic for software vendors, because it prevents automated decision support for the optimal protection strategy for their software, as well as for malware analysts as no automated support to select the best malware analysis techniques given an incoming sample that needs to be analysed exists. The results of the project EMRESS will improve the scientific state-of-the-art in quantification of software protection techniques with respect to theory but also practice. Both companies wanting to protect benign software through obfuscation and other protections, as well as malware analysts will be able to use our results for selecting the best available technologies for their use cases. Additionally, we expect positive effects in the research field of software testing and software assurance.

Funding organization: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) / Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Partner: Ghent University
Runtime: 72018 - 52022
Budget: 508.000 Euro

Privacy and Security in Online Advertisement

The project Privacy and Security in Online Advertisement aims at an integral analysis of privacy and security of online advertising networks.

Funding organization: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Partner: Nimbusec GmbH
Runtime: 42016 - 122018
Budget: 337.500 Euro

Josef Ressel Center TARGET

The Josef Ressel Center for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET) is a research institution operated by the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Its mission is to explore novel techniques for detecting and mitigating targeted attacks. We aim at developing threat intelligence methodologies that observe the system as a whole and apply formal modeling in conjuncture with the collection, processing, comparison, and analysis of system state information.

Funding organization: Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG)
Partner: IKARUS Security Software GmbH, CyberTrap GmbH, SBA Research, LG Nexera Business Solutions AG
Runtime: 42015 - 32020
Budget: 1.8 Mio. Euro


I am teaching the following courses at Pölten UAS’s Computer Science & Security department.

  • Digital Forensics – Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Advanced Network Analysis & Industrial Communications – Spring 2018
  • Web- and Application Security – Spring 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018