Practical IT-Security (Bachelor)

SM 450 | German & English

During this seminar different security topics will be dealt with. In particular, current research results from the following areas are in the foreground: Internet of Things Security, Web Security, Mobile Security, Biometric Security, Cloud Security, Automotive Security, Malware, Crypto & Politics, but also classic areas such as Hardware Security, System Security, Digital Currencies and Cryptography. The main aim is to understand and present the work and also to present concrete implementations or experiments.

In the context of this seminar each participant has to scientifically work on a topic and give a presentation about it. Furthermore, a handout must be handed out to accompany the lecture. Finally an active participation in the lectures of the other seminar participants is desired.


  • 2023-02-14: Updated website for FSS2023

Kick-Off Meeting

On 2023-02-16, there will be an online kick-off meeting starting at 1015h in room B6, A301, covering all important aspects regarding the procedure.


The intention of this seminar is to provide you with a platform where you can practice preparing and giving presentations. While classical lectures focus on the teaching of materials and methods and their application, there are hardly any situations in your studies where you can learn how to give lectures.

The offered seminar should fill this gap partially. In this respect, the main focus of our seminar is not on the creation of seminar papers, which is partly redundant for the creation of final papers, but on the presentation itself. The lectures therefore last one hour, while the rest of the time is used for discussion and feedback. As a consequence, the grading is primarily based on the lecture.

Participation and Topic Request

  1. Application: Apply for the seminar by registering via Portal2. After admission, you may de-register via Portal2 for a few days.
  2. Kick-Off: Attend the kick-off meeting and find out about the available topics.
  3. Selection of topics: Select your three favorite topics and dates for your talk and send us an e-mail with the order of your favorite topics and dates before the deadline (cf. the schedule). Please include your matriculation number and your name.
  4. Confirmation of topic and time slot: After the topic selection deadline has passed, you will receive an e-mail containing the assigned seminar topic and time slot.

An extensive list of possible topics can be found here. Please note that the list is not exhaustive, i.e., feel free to also suggest your own topic.

Schedule (tentative)

All times are local times. Last update on: 2023-02-15
2023-02-13EODPortal2Seminar application deadlineAll Students
2023-02-161015h – 1145hB6, A301Kick-OffArmknecht
2023-02-25EODPortal2De-registration deadlineAll Students
2023-02-27EODE-MailTopic and date requests deadlineAll Students
2023-03-01EODE-MailConfirmation of topics and datesArmknecht
2023-03-231015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 1Student 1
2023-03-301015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 2Student 2
2023-04-201015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 3Student 3
2023-04-271015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 4Student 4
2023-05-041015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 5Student 5
2023-05-111015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 6Student 6
2023-05-251015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 7Student 7
2023-06-011015h – 1145hB6, A301Talk 8Student 8


Talk: A talk is exactly 60 minutes long. If you anticipate to need more than 60 minutes, e.g. for demonstrations, talk with us and we can most probably accomodate that.

Handout: The handout should be concise and informative; max. 6 pages (excl. references).

Early feedback: If you would like to receive feedback on your presentation before your talk, please send us your slides by e-mail no later than one week before your presentation date.

Submission: You must submit the slides of your presentation and your handout (pdf, alternatively ppt(x)/odp and doc(x)/odt) no later than the day of your presentation, before your talk. Please send both, the slides and the handout, to us by e-mail. 

Grading: The focus of the seminar is on the presentation of the given topic/material. This includes content, form, and presentation style as well as the handout. The final grade is calculated as follows:

  • Talk: 80 %
  • Handout: 20 %