Current Issues in IT Security 2012

An interdisciplinary conference in Freiburg i. Br./Germany, May 08-10, 2012

Scope of Conference

The purpose of the workshops and of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines. IT professionals, lawyers, law enforcement and intelligence agents, as well as judges, prosecutors, forensic specialists and psychologists will contribute their special expertise to the discussion of current security issues, covering topics like anonymity vs. accountability, cybercrime, computer forensics and investigations, legal aspects on current security and privacy issues, resilience in communication infrastructures, human-related security risks, a broad range of privacy matters and traditional IT and network security. The debate on the radical changes in the risk, threat and vulnerability of IT systems condense on this workshop jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (MPICC) and the Centre for Security and Society at the University of Freiburg. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to establish an in-depth contextual knowledge to the challenges of IT security. The better understanding of each others domain should help that new IT security measures and laws do not compromise the openness and democracy of our society.

This conference is already the fifth workshop in a row of events held every two or three years at the Max Planck Institute. It started as a semi-public workshop for the IT people and other interested party in the Max Planck society and other research institutes. With the rising significance of the topic the idea was born to make it an international conference for legal and technical aspects of IT security. The last workshop in 2009 brought together participants from a wide range of technical, legal and sociological backgrounds joined by law enforcement agencies, public prosecutors, external professionals or forensic investigators.

Preliminary Program

Tuesday, May 8 2012:
14:00Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht, Director at the Institute
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, University of Freiburg
15:00Coffee Break
Session 1 - Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics
15:20Weighting Digital Evidence in Criminal Proceedings
Dominik Brodowski
16:00Reliability and Trustworthiness of GSM Location Data
Klaus Rechert, Richard Zahoranski, Konrad Meier, Dennis Wehrle and Dirk von Suchodoletz
16:40Sticky Signatures: Legal Advantages of Redactable Signatures and Credentials in the Food Supply Chain
Henrich Christopher Pöhls and Focke Hoehne
17:20Coffee Break
17:40Is Computer Forensics a Forensic Science?
Felix Freiling and Andreas Dewald
18:20On the effectiveness of Virtualization-based security
Francesco Gadaleta, Raoul Strackx, Nick Nikiforakis, Frank Piessens and Wouter Joosen
19:00Informal Gathering

Wednesday, May 9 2012:
Session 2 - Security
09:15Security versus Trust Indicators in 2011 in Germany
Melanie Volkamer, M.Fatih Karayumak, Michaela Kauer, Dhanish S. Halim and Ralph Bruder
09:55RFID Distance-Bounding: What is Wrong and How to Fix it
Marc Fischlin and Cristina Onete. RFID Distance-Bounding
10:35Coffe break
11:00Network Neutrality
Gerhard Schneider
11:40The Influence of trustworthiness of website layout on security perception of websites
Michaela Kauer, Florian Kiesel, Felix Ueberschaer, Melanie Volkamer and Ralph Bruder
12:20Lunch Break
14:00Why IT security will not work inside a research institute
Rainer Kleinrensing and Bertram Smolny
14:40RAISING IT SECURITY AWARENESS: A Preliminary Study in the Academic Setting of a German Research Organisation
Katja Rancigaj, Heidi Schuster and Rainer W. Gerling
15:30Coffee Break
Session 3 - Cybercrime
16:00The National Cyber Defence Centre (NCAZ): A New Way to Combat Cybercrime or a Blind Alley only?
Sandra Kralik
16:40Self- and co-regulation in fighting cybercrime and safeguarding cybersecurity
Tatiana Tropina


Panel Discussion


Thursday, May 10 2012:
Session 4 - Privacy
09:15Is user-controlled data outsourcing possible? A survey and synthesis
Lena Wiese and Dennis Stender
09:55Friendly Surveillance - A New Adversary Model for Privacy in Decentralized Online Social Networks
Benjamin Greschbach and Sonja Buchegger
10:35Coffee Break
11:00Design Guidelines for Privacy Preserving in Context-Aware Services
Rui Zhou, Klaus Rechert and Dirk Von Suchodoletz
11:40Discussion: Summary and Conclusion

Venue and Organizational Remarks


The conference will be held on the premises of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br./Germany and organized by the Max Planck Institute and the Chair of Communication Systems (University of Freiburg). Due to its proximity to the airports of Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg, the Institute is easily accessible to participants from Germany and abroad.
Directions to the Institute


Please see our list of hotels for special conditions. When making your reservation, please indicate that you are participating in a conference at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.

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