Making Software Attack-Proof

IT Security Community Exchange (IT-SECX) 2019 Takes Place at St. Pölten UAS

Last Friday evening, the IT Security Community Exchange (IT-SECX) 2019 took place at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. The motto of the symposium was “Resilient Software – From Threat Modelling to Penetration Testing”.

The speeches and discussions focused on procedures used to make software resistant to attacks.

IT Security at Google, Runtastic and Co.

The conference was dedicated to current developments in the field of IT security. US security expert Adam Shostack, who was involved in the development of well-known security tools such as the threat modelling tool for Microsoft, held the keynote speech. He is active as an advisor, entrepreneur, technologist, author and game designer. In his speech on the topic of “Threat Modelling Lessons from Star Wars”, he showed the audience how the awareness of threats can lead to an understanding of how to deal with them, and how traps can be avoided.

Further speeches were held by IT security experts from companies such as A1, Kapsch and Verbund, among other speakers.

  • Lukas Weichselbaum from Google talked about secure apps
  • Jelena Milosevic from TU Wien held a lecture on the detection of malware through machine learning
  • Markus Donko-Huber from adidas Runtastic explained how the app provider guarantees IT security for millions of users

IT security researchers from the St. Pölten UAS presented their projects as well. For instance, the new Josef Ressel Center for Blockchain Technologies & Security Management was introduced within the framework of the event.

Well over 700 guests visited this year’s IT-SECX which took place for the 13th time already. More than 300 visitors followed the proceedings over the provided livestreams.

Current Research and International Exchange

“Every year, our symposium offers a practice-oriented exchange of information about current developments and trends in the field of IT security. The programme covers a wide spectrum ranging from basic knowledge and precise expert know-how to best practice examples with field-tested recipes”, describes UAS Lecturer Thomas Brandstetter, the organiser of the event.

The symposium took place in cooperation with Computerwelt, Sparkasse Niederösterreich Mitte West and the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce – division for management consultancy/accounting/IT.

Documentation of the Conference

Recordings of the conference will be available on the YouTube channel of the St. Pölten UAS.

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FH-Prof. Prof. (h.c.) Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Brandstetter Thomas, MBA

FH-Prof. Prof. (h.c.) Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thomas Brandstetter, MBA

Lecturer
Department of Computer Science and Security