Blockchain Research Visit

Clemens Brunner

CSE researcher Clemens Brunner is currently in Belgium at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Together with PhD student Akash Madhusudan from the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) research group he is researching blockchain layer 2 solutions to enhance the scalability of applications such as energy trade.

COSIC is headed by the Belgian cryptographer Bart Preneel and focuses on the protection of digital information. It develops advanced cybersecurity solutions to protect data in the cloud and in the Internet of Things (IoT) and to protect the privacy of users.

Study on Cyber Secuity presented

On May 14th, 2019 a study by KPMG about cyber security in Austria was presented at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences © FH Salzburg/Wildkind

Two thirds of all Austrian companies were victims of a cyber attack. This was the outcome of a study by the accounting firm KPMG. The study was presented on Tuesday, May 14th 2019 at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

According to a current study, every second company neglects the security of its computer systems. That is the case particularly with small and medium sized enterprises (SME), says Professor DI Dr. Dominik Engel, director of the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences: “Especially in SME cyber security sometimes comes off badly. In addition the employees and coworkers might not be so trained and do not have such a consciousness for IT-security yet.

Beside numerous interested participants from economics and research also State Secretary Karoline Edtstadler visited the meeting.

Report on Salzburg Heute, 14 May 2019: https://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Salzburg-heute/70019/Salzburg-heute/14013517

More about the KPMG study: https://home.kpmg/at/de/home/media/press-releases/2019/05/kpmg-cyber-security-in-oesterreich-2019.html

Best Presentation Award for Christoph Binder at ECDMO in Amsterdam

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Christoph Binder participated in the 3rd European Conference on Design, Modeling and Optimization (ECDMO) from 16 – 18 February 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His presentation about the paper “Towards A Model-Driven Architecture Process for Developing Industry 4.0 Applications” has been awarded as the best within the session for Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Technology by conference chair Ian McAndrew.

The presented paper deals with the challenges that appear by the interdisciplinary development of a future industrial system. It pursues the previously introduced domain-specific language for describing such a system by defining a specific development process. By doing so, the main focus is not to reinvent the wheel but to use well-known and widely spread standards. In the presentation, Christoph Binder especially pointed out to address usability and applicability with the introduced approach. However, the practicability is assured through valuable contributions of LieberLieber Software GmbH and the successfactory consulting group.

The ECDMO is co-organized by the International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing (IJMMM) and the International Journal of Modeling (IJMO), where the paper will be published in the first Volume of 2019. The conference brings together international researches and industrial practitioners in the areas of design, modeling, optimization as well as mechatronics and manufacturing.

Clemens Brunner at ICISSP in Prague

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CSE researcher Clemens Brunner attended the International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy (ICISSP) 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. He presented a platform for issuing and verifiying documents in a public blockchain.

The ICISSP aims to create a meeting point for researchers and practitioners to address security and privacy challenges that concern information systems, especially in organizations, including not only technological but also social issues.

Greetings from the Swiss Blockchain Winter School

Researcher Clemens Brunner from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics is currently taking part in the Swiss Blockchain Winter School in Interlaken. Together with researchers from the Security and Privacy Lab of the University of Innsbruck he is attending keynotes and lectures on innovative blockchain work by renowned academic researchers and industrial practitioners.

The Winter School aims to bring together students, academic researchers, industry professionals, and government employees for an in-depth exchange on the latest trends and developments around cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and decentralized applications.

Dominik Engel Appointed to the Scientific Board of the Christian Doppler Research Association

FH-Prof. Dominik Engel, head of the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, was appointed to the top-class scientific board of the Christian Doppler Reserach Association (CDG). © H. Kirchner

FH-Prof. Dominik Engel, head of the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, was appointed to the top-class scientific board of the Christian Doppler Reserach Association (CDG) in December.

Since 2010 Dominik Engel is senior lecturer and researcher at the degree program Information Technology & Systems Management at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) and an expert in IT security and privacy, especially in the area of digital energy systems. Since January 2018 Engel heads the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at SUAS, a successor of the Josef Ressel Center for User-Centric Smart Grid Privacy, Security and Control. Due to his extensive research work and expertise in the field of IT security, in December 2018 he was nominated by the executive board of the CDG to join the scientific board of the Christian Doppler Research Association.

The Christian Doppler Research Association

The scientific board of the Christian Doppler Research Association plays an essential role in the scientific review and selection of Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centers. It consists of highly qualified personalities from the worlds of science and business and is an essential part of the Austrian research landscape. The members assess scientific frameworks as well as applications for research units and evaluate the progress of research in the submitted and funded projects. The funded research takes place at Christian Doppler Laboratories in universities and in non-university research institutions as well as at Josef Ressel Centers in universities of applied sciences. The research questions are always based on a research issue of a company.

Connecting the Dots in Paris

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Christoph Binder presented the research paper “Towards a Standards-Based Domain Specific Language for Industry 4.0 Architectures” at the International Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management in France.

The Industry 4.0 revolution made it possible to constantly monitor information and synchronize it with any other component participating in the value chain of industrial manufacturing. However, developing architectures for this kind of systems is a challenging and complex task including a lot of different stakeholders. General managers, requirements engineers, hardware developers and other need to bring together their knowledge and experience. Therefore, a common methodology that is understood by all stakeholders is necessary as an entry point for discussions and to build a common understanding.

In this paper, a Domain Specific Language (DSL) especially adapted for Industry 4.0 and comprehensible for all stakeholders is used to connect all participants and ensure traceability within the model. A Domain Specific Systems Engineering approach using this DSL is proposed and evaluated by a case study of a fictive shoe manufacturing company.

  • [PDF] C. Binder, C. Neureiter, G. Lastro, M. Uslar, and P. Lieber, “Towards a Standards-Based Domain Specific Language for Industry 4.0 Architectures,” in Complex Systems Design & Management, Cham, 2019, p. 44–55.
    [Bibtex]
    @InProceedings{Binder19a,
    author={Binder, Christoph
    and Neureiter, Christian
    and Lastro, Goran
    and Uslar, Mathias
    and Lieber, Peter},
    editor={Bonjour, Eric
    and Krob, Daniel
    and Palladino, Luca
    and Stephan, Fran{\c{c}}ois},
    title={Towards a Standards-Based Domain Specific Language for Industry 4.0 Architectures},
    booktitle={Complex Systems Design {\&} Management},
    year={2019},
    publisher={Springer International Publishing},
    address={Cham},
    pages={44--55},
    isbn={978-3-030-04209-7},
    pdf = {http://www.en-trust.at/papers/Binder19a.pdf},
    }

Publication on Privacy Proofs for Energy Consumption Aggregation Protocols

We are starting the new year with a new publication on privacy-preserving aggregation protocols in the Smart Grid. Andreas Unterweger, Fabian Knirsch, Günther Eibl and Dominik Engel from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics contributed to this publication in the Journal IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

The paper provides a guideline on how to prove the privacy guarantees of aggregation protocols which is important for protocol developers in the energy domain. Although the proving method is very technical, an easy-to-understand way to communicate these derived privacy guarantees is shown which makes a comparison of the results feasible also for non-experts.

  • [PDF] [DOI] A. Unterweger, S. Taheri-Boshrooyeh, G. Eibl, F. Knirsch, A. Küpçü, and D. Engel, “Understanding Game-Based Privacy Proofs for Energy Consumption Aggregation Protocols,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2018.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Unterweger18b,
    author = {Unterweger, Andreas and Taheri-Boshrooyeh, Sanaz and Eibl, G{\"{u}}nther and Knirsch, Fabian and K{\"{u}}p{\c{c}}{\"{u}}, Alptekin and Engel, Dominik},
    journal = {IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    title = {{Understanding Game-Based Privacy Proofs for Energy Consumption
    Aggregation Protocols}},
    year = {2018},
    note = {early access.},
    pdf = {http://www.en-trust.at/papers/Unterweger18b.pdf},
    doi = {10.1109/TSG.2018.2883951},
    }

Stefan Binna wins AK science award 2018

We are proud to announce that Stefan Binna, former CSE laboratory assistant and alumnus of the Information Technology and Systems Management program at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences was awarded for his master thesis on “Intrusion Detection in Cyber-Physical Systems”. He received the science award 2018 granted by the Austrian worker’s chamber.

Congratulations!

AK science award 2018 Stefan Binna

Stefan Binna (4th from left in the back) at the award ceremony. (c) AK/Lindhuber

 

Best Session Presentation for Oliver Langthaler at ICUMT in Russia

ICUMT 2018 Oliver Langthaler

Oliver Langthaler presented the challenges and current progress of the project VirtueGrid at ICUMT in Moscow. Photo: FH Salzburg / ICUMT

Langthaler participated in the 10th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems (ICUMT) from 4 – 6 November 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Chair Francesco Marcelloni awarded Langthaler’s presentation on “Enabling Application Independent Redundancy by Using Software Defined Networking” as the best within the session for practical implementations of control systems.

In his presentation, Oliver Langthaler reported on the challenges and current progress of the project VirtueGrid, which investigates, how virtualization and software defined networking can be used to increase system reliability, minimize configuration effort and improve situational awareness in the domain of Smart Grid IT infrastructure.

The ICUMT congress organized jointly by RUDN University, Brno University of Technology, Tampere University of Technology as well as several industrial partners and brings together leading international players in telecommunications, control systems, automation and robotics.