Daniel Haslinger from the Department of Computer Science and Security at St. Pölten UAS, Associate Lecturer and person in charge of the Network Laboratory has for several years participated as a mentor at the "Google Summer of Code (GSoC)". In this programme as part of an internship, students from all over the world can spend three months working on open-source projects. Google pays the student fees and provides infrastructure as well as mentors. The selection of eligible students is made by the mentors through interviews and practical entrance examinations.
In summer together with around 200 mentors, Haslinger also participated in the so-called "Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit" at the newly established Google Office Moffett Place in Sunnyvale California. The mentors worked together with Google for three days to further develop the programme in order to make it attractive and successful in the future for open-source organisations and students.
The participating open-source projects are renowned. In addition to the Honeynet Project, an international group of researchers in which Haslinger has been actively involved since 2013, participants included among others: representatives from Aerospace Research, the Nuclear Research Centre CERN, the Linux Foundation, Mozilla, OpenStreetMap and Python.
Free coffee and in-house cinema
"The international networking with leading-edge projects and the chance to work on this programme and shape its future are certainly unique", said Haslinger. In addition, the Google-Campus has plenty to offer its employees and guests: specially-employed baristas, fitness rooms, a cinema and a kindergarten. Employees who forget their notebook or smartphone are provided in a matter of seconds with a substitute device for the day. The focus is on the opportunity to display uncompromising support of the employees.
Haslinger received contact with the programme in 2013 through his diploma thesis. For this he worked with the international research group "The Honeynet Project" on the further development of a “honeypot” for networked industrial control systems (ICS). A so-called “honeypot” is an IT-security trap used as bait for attackers or malware.
"A vulnerable system is deployed through real infrastructure or in the framework of a simulation. Critical infrastructures can be recreated and made available via the Internet. Unauthorized accesses are redirected to these benign targets and we are able to obtain insights into the processes and in part the motivation behind the attacks", explained Haslinger.