Department of Computer Science

Security and Privacy

Secure and private computing and communication systems.
Privacy and security illustration Matti Ahlgren Aalto University

The goal of this research area are 1) to create new technologies, designs, analysis methods for the development of secure and private computing and communication systems, and 2) advance the fundamental scientific knowledge in security engineering, including human factors.

These new technologies aim either to deter, prevent or detect malicious attacks and they should be, at the same time, secure, privacy-preserving, easy to use, and inexpensive to deploy. As is typical for security research, our results also include the discovery of novel attacks and previously unknown classes of vulnerabilities in existing systems.

Security against malicious attacks is a basic requirement for all networkconnected services and products, and scientific research can provide both fundamental understanding of the security issues and practical solutions that enable product development.


HAIC Talks

Contemporary topics in information security.

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Secure Systems research group demoday at Aalto University. Researchers are presenting information security research.

Secure Systems Demo Day 2023

The Secure Systems Demo Day is an annual meet-up for researchers and students in academia and industry and gives an overview of the current information security research going on in Finland’s capital area.

Mikko Kiviharju käytävällä, kuva Aalto-yliopisto Matti Ahlgren

Mikko Kiviharju's research delves into the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure

Aalto University’s new Professor of Practice Mikko Kiviharju thinks information security should be integral to organisations and not just another software product

Russel Lai on kuvassa puettuna mustaa miekkailuasuun, pitää kädessään suurta miekkaa ja katsoo etuviistoon ylös kuin kohti vastustajaa. Taustalla näkyy miekkoja telineissä.

Everyday choices: Russell Lai, what do swordsmanship and cryptography have in common?

Assistant Professor Russell Lai wields mathematical symbols and German longswords.

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WithSecure and SSH support international talent at Aalto University

Finnish cybersecurity companies SSH and WithSecure have made donations for student scholarships to Aalto University to attract the best and brightest international information security talent to Finland.


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Latest publications

Analyzing Microservice Connectivity with Kubesonde

Jacopo Bufalino, Mario Di Francesco, Tuomas Aura 2023 ESEC/FSE 2023: Proceedings of the 31st ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering

Threat modeling framework for mobile communication systems

Siddharth Prakash Rao, Hsin Yi Chen, Tuomas Aura 2023 Computers and Security

Towards cryptographically-authenticated in-memory data structures

Setareh Ghorshi, Lachlan J. Gunn, Hans Liljestrand, N. Asokan 2022 Proceedings - 2022 IEEE Secure Development Conference, SecDev 2022

Hardware Platform Security for Mobile Devices

Lachlan J Gunn, N. Asokan, Jan-Erik Ekberg, Hans Liljestrand, Vijayananad Nayani, Thomas Nyman 2022

GrandDetAuto: Detecting malicious nodes in large-scale autonomous networks

Tigist Abera, Ferdinand Brasser, Lachlan Gunn, Patrick Jauernig, David Koisser, Ahmad Reza Sadeghi 2021 Proceedings of 24th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses, RAID 2021

Nimble Out-of-Band Authentication for EAP (EAP-NOOB)

Tuomas Aura, Mohit Sethi, Aleksi Peltonen 2021

Lux: Enabling Ephemeral Authorization for Display-Limited IoT Devices

Logan Blue, Samuel Marchal, Patrick Traynor, N. Asokan 2021 IoTDI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation

Credential Provisioning and Device Configuration with EAP

Sebastien Boire, Tolgahan Akgün, Philip Ginzboorg, Pekka Laitinen, Sandeep Tamrakar, Tuomas Aura 2021 MobiWac '21: Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Symposium on Mobility Management and Wireless Access

Secure Network Access Authentication for IoT Devices: EAP Framework vs. Individual Protocols

Mohit Sethi, Tuomas Aura 2021 IEEE Communications Standards Magazine

Extraction of Complex DNN Models: Real Threat or Boogeyman?

Buse Gul Atli, Sebastian Szyller, Mika Juuti, Samuel Marchal, N. Asokan 2020 Engineering Dependable and Secure Machine Learning Systems
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

Collaborative institute for research on information technology.

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Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (HAIC) (external link)

Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (HAIC) is a strategic initiative set up by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in June 2016 to ensure excellence in cybersecurity research and education.

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Research in Computer Science

Research in the Department of Computer Science

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