Biggest Failures in Security (Dagstuhl Seminar 19451)

Authors Frederik Armknecht, Ingrid Verbauwhede, Melanie Volkamer, Moti Yung and all authors of the abstracts in this report

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Frederik Armknecht
  • Universität Mannheim, DE
Ingrid Verbauwhede
  • KU Leuven, BE
Melanie Volkamer
  • KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE
Moti Yung
  • Columbia University - New York, US
and all authors of the abstracts in this report

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Frederik Armknecht, Ingrid Verbauwhede, Melanie Volkamer, and Moti Yung. Biggest Failures in Security (Dagstuhl Seminar 19451). In Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp. 1-23, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


In the present era of ubiquitous digitalization, security is a concern for everyone. Despite enormous efforts, securing IT systems still remains an open challenge for community and industry. One of the main reasons is that the variety and complexity of IT systems keeps increasing, making it practically impossible for security experts to grasp the full system. A further problem is that security has become an interdisciplinary challenge. While interdisciplinary research does exist already, it is mostly restricted to collaborations between two individual disciplines and has been rather bottom-up by focusing on very specific problems. The idea of the Dagstuhl Seminar was to go one step back and to follow a comprehensive top-down approach instead. The goal was to identify the "biggest failures" in security and to get a comprehensive understanding on their overall impact on security. To this end, the Dagstuhl Seminar was roughly divided into two parts. First, experienced experts from different disciplines gave overview talks on the main problems of their field. Based on these, overlapping topics but also common research interests among the participants have been identified. Afterwards, individual working groups have been formed to work on the identified questions.

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  • Security and privacy
  • Social and professional topics
  • Cryptography
  • Hardware
  • Security engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Usability
  • Human Computer interaction (HCI)
  • Human and societal aspects of security and privacy
  • Usable security or human factors in security
  • Security evaluation and certification


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