Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten UAS. The next one is Ernst Piller, Head of the Institute of IT Security Research.
To me, curiosity means…
… experiencing new things, getting to know what is hidden, being open for new and different things, and always questioning what seems to be certain.
I do research because…
… I like living in the future and creating new knowledge. Because I can give free rein to my creativity, make positive contributions to the future and participate in shaping it.
In my opinion, research also contributes considerably to teaching and is an important success driver.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… the continued digitalisation and mechanisation of all aspects of our lives as well as the ageing of society and environmental changes, all of which will entail profound social changes. In the technological environment, factors such as data, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, 3D printing, and security will play an important role. The fast advance also leads to enormous educational challenges, from primary school to university. The increasing digitalisation, global networking, miniaturisation and faulty software result in enormous security problems as well, part of which relate directly to my area of expertise: IT Security.
About the person
Ernst Piller is professor of IT Security at the St. Pölten UAS and established the Institute of IT Security Research there which he has been heading for nine years now. He is also a member of the UAS Board, university lecturer at the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), and court-certified expert. Before that, he was a member of the management board of a German industrial company, managing director of a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank, IT security consultant, development manager in the private sector and assistant at the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), among other professional activities. Ernst Piller studied information and data processing at the Graz University of Technology.