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.

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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 2021

The Secure Systems Demo Day is an annual meet-up for researchers in academia and industry and gives an overview of the current information security research going on in Finland’s capital area in the fields of platform security, machine learning and privacy, network security and protocols, 5G security and applied cryptography, and usable security.

Events
Neural networks process language effectively, but not necessarily the same way as humans. Picture: Matti Ahlgren, Aalto University.

Doctoral thesis: Technology that's better at detecting hate speech may also increase security risks

Advances in language technology don't only facilitate moderation but also censorship, says Tommi Gröndahl, who is defending his dissertation on language technology methods.

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Henkilökuvassa hymyilevä, parrakas ja silmälasipäinen Bruno Duarte on kahden muun miehen kanssa. Heillä kaikilla on siniset SECCLO-tunnuksin varustetut hupparit päällään.

Alumnus of SECCLO programme: ‘Creating a bond with Finland’

A summer internship led to a career in cybersecurity at Ericsson for Bruno Duarte from Paraguay, who graduated from the SECCLO Master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing in 2020.

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Student Ekaterina Shmeleva from School of Science standing at Otaniemi campus / photo Aalto University, Matti Ahlgren

‘I’m happy I didn’t go anywhere else’ – HAIC scholars very satisfied with their studies at Aalto

As top applicants, Rina Shmeleva and Parinaz Avaznejad received scholarships for their master’s studies and now they share their study experiences

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SECCLO

European Commission grants €4M funding for SECCLO – Master’s Programme in Security and Cloud Computing

Aalto University has received continuing funding for a joint European master’s programme on security and cloud computing. The programme is coordinated by Aalto and operated jointly by six European universities. The funding enables the programme to attract some of the most talented master’s student with a variety of previous experience from around the world.

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Flexibility and enthusiastic teaching make the SECCLO programme a great option

The first graduates of the SECCLO programme share their study experiences

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Janne Lindqvist

Janne Lindqvist: You can’t help if you stay in the ivory tower

This sociable professor of computer science knows how to forge his own path and trusts his instinctive curiosity towards different research topics.

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Latest publications

Lux: Enabling Ephemeral Authorization for Display-Limited IoT Devices

Logan Blue, Samuel Marchal, Patrick Traynor, N. Asokan 2021 IoTDI '21: Proceedings of the International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation

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

Camouflage

Remi Denis-Courmont, Hans Liljestrand, Carlos Chinea, Jan Erik Ekberg 2020 2020 57th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2020

Effective writing style transfer via combinatorial paraphrasing

Tommi Gröndahl, N. Asokan 2020 Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies

A little goes a long way: Improving toxic language classification despite data scarcity

Mika Juuti, Tommi Gröndahl, Adrian Flanagan, N. Asokan 2020 Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2020

Evaluation of Out-of-Band Channels for IoT Security

Sampsa Latvala, Mohit Sethi, Tuomas Aura 2020 SN Computer Science

PACStack: an Authenticated Call Stack

Hans Liljestrand, Thomas Nyman, Lachlan J Gunn, Jan-Erik Ekberg, N. Asokan 2020 Proceedings of the 30th USENIX Security Symposium

Formal verification of misbinding attacks on secure device pairing and bootstrapping

Aleksi Peltonen, Mohit Sethi, Tuomas Aura 2020 Journal of Information Security and Applications
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Related units

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.

HIIT

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

Nation-wide competence center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

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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PML research gropu at department of computer science, photo Matti Ahlgren

Research areas

Research areas in the Department of Computer Science

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