St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences

Lower Austrian Science Prizes

Recognition prize for IT-researcher Sebastian Schrittwieser

Recognition prize for IT-researcher Sebastian Schrittwieser

Sebastian Schrittwieser, Head of the Josef Ressel Centre for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET) at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences was awarded the "Lower Austrian Recognition Prize for Science" for his dissertation on "Hardware-assisted Software Obfuscation".

Schrittwieser studied business informatics at TU Wien, was a Research Assistant at SBA-Research and a Project Assistant at Vienna University of Technology. Since 2015, he has headed the Josef Ressel Centre (TARGET) at St. Pölten UAS.

Race between IT-attacks and IT-security research

In his dissertation, Schrittwieser investigated techniques of obfuscation. Obfuscation refers to methods of software development that make programme codes and software source codes difficult to recognize. This protects programmes against theft. Similar techniques are also used by authors of malware to hide it from analysis. "Malware is constantly evolving and more difficult to detect. Therefore, IT-security research must remain up-to-date and improve its methods for defending against IT-attacks", said Schrittwieser. 

"We are delighted to have Sebastian Schrittwieser at St. Pölten UAS. He is an expert with extensive experience in working on the IT-security for companies: an important topic in our increasingly digitised society. With his internationally-oriented work, he strengthens the role of science at our St. Pölten location and contributes to the further development of St. Pölten UAS as one of Austria's strongest research-oriented universities of applied sciences", said UAS Executive Director Gabriela Fernandes.

Josef Ressel Centre for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET)

The Josef Ressel Center for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET) at St. Pölten UAS researches security for targeted IT-attacks against companies. With simulated attacks on servers, researchers are developing processes with which companies can be protected in the future. The centre is financed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as two company partners: IKARUS Security Software Ltd and CyberTrap/SEC Consult Business Consulting Ltd.

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