Practical IT-Security

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.


  • 2022-03-07: Updated to “block mode”.
  • 2022-02-09: Website updated.

Kick-Off Meeting

On 2022-02-17, there will be an online kick-off meeting starting at 1345h in room ZOOM-Lehre-117 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: 2022-03-07
2022-02-14EODPortal2Seminar application deadlineAll Students
2022-02-171345h – 1515hZOOM-Lehre-117Kick-OffArmknecht
2022-02-25EODPortal2De-registration deadlineAll Students
2022-02-27EODE-MailTopic and date requests deadlineAll Students
2022-02-28EODE-MailConfirmation of topics and datesArmknecht
2022-05-060830h – 1000hB6, A3.02Talk 1Student 1
2022-05-061015h – 1145hB6, A3.02Talk 2Student 2
2022-05-061345h – 1515hB6, A3.02Talk 3Student 3
2022-05-061530h – 1700hB6, A3.02Talk 4Student 4


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 and upload them to our wiki in our ILIAS course.

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 %