DSRC Seminar Series - Prof. Thorsten Holz

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Prof. Thorsten Holz

8th February 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm (GST)


Towards Resilient and Sustainable Software Security


In parallel with the ongoing digitization, computer security has become an increasingly important and urgent challenge. In particular, the sound and robust implementation of complex software systems is still not well understood in practice, as evidenced by the steady stream of successful attacks observed in the wild. The current state of the art in software security consists of solutions that are often technically sound, but do not provide operational security in practice. This talk will review our work in the past on building more robust software systems. Furthermore, we will present some approaches on how to increase security in different application domains in the future. One focus of the talk is on software testing and fuzzing given that this was the main focus of my research group in the past few years.


Thorsten Holz is a tenured faculty at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, where he moved in October 2021. Before this position, he was a full professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. His research interests include technical aspects of secure systems, with a specific focus on systems security. Currently, his work concentrates on software security, automated vulnerability detection, and the intersection of machine learning and security. He received the Dipl.-Inform. degree in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany (2005) and the Ph.D. degree from University of Mannheim (2009). In 2011, he received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and in 2014 an ERC Starting Grant.