Department Seminar: Edgar Weippl


June 19, 2017    
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


3043 ECpE Building Addition
Coover Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011

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Speaker: Edgar Weippl, Research Director of SBA Research and Associate Professor at the Vienna University of Technology

Title: Empirical Research in Information Security: Peering, Net Neutrality and Privacy

Abstract: Over the last years, there is an increasing number of descriptive works observing and describing complex phenomena, e.g., the efficiency of different spam campaigns, the distribution of bots, or the likelihood of users to accept false identities as friends in social networks. These studies are characterized by large sets of samples. Future research will focus on networks and cloud systems; the research methodology will be empirical systems security: (1) passively observing large systems and (2) active probing that stimulates revealing behavior of the systems. The research contribution lies in observing, describing and inferring the behavior of complex systems that cannot be directly observed and have a large impact on users. In this presentation we will look at how we can measure whether ISPs implement peering, if they adhere to net neutrality and we will also look at aspects of privacy.

Bio: Edgar R. Weippl (CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CSSLP, CMC) is Research Director of SBA Research and associate professor (Privatdozent) at the Vienna University of Technology and teaches at several universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). His research focuses on applied concepts of IT-security; he is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Computers & Security journal (COSE), general chair of ACM CCS 2016 and PC Chair of SACMAT 2017. After graduating with a Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology, Edgar worked for two years in a research startup. He spent one year teaching as an assistant professor at Beloit College, WI. From 2002 to 2004, while with the software vendor ISIS Papyrus, he worked as a consultant for an HMO in New York, NY and Albany, NY, and for the financial industry in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2004 he joined the Vienna University of Technology and founded together with A Min Tjoa and Markus Klemen the research center SBA Research.