WEIS 2018

WEIS 2018

The Department of Computer Science hosted this year's "Workshop on Evonomics of Information Security" from 18th - 19th of June. As internationally leading forum for interdisciplinary research in the field of IT security and privacy, it assembled over 100 experts from all around the world here in Innsbruck.

Cyber security: International experts in Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck hosted this year's "Workshop on the Economics of Information Security" (short WEIS) from 18th to 19th of June, 2018 here in Innsbruck. After being held at very prominent universities such as Cambridge (2006), Harvard (2005, 2010) or Berkeley (2002, 2016), Prof. Rainer Böhme from the Department of Computer Science brought the conference's 17th edition to Austria for the first time.

This international conference is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy, and computer science. Prior workshops have explored the role of incentives between attackers and defenders of information systems, identified market failures surrounding Internet security, quantified risks of personal data disclosure, and assessed investments in cyber-defense. 

The 2018 workshop built on past efforts using empirical and analytic tools not only to understand threats, but also to strengthen security and privacy through novel evaluations of available solutions. Prof. Böhme underlines the relevance of the topic: "Knowledge is power. In the age of digitalisation we are living in, you can rephrase this saying as follows - IT security decides the distribution of power." 

The 102 experts from academic institutions, research facilities and industry that came from all over the world to attend the conference proved his assessment right. Among other topics, they discussed the measurement and insurability of cyber risks, the training of IT developers and its affect on the frequency and gravity of security breaches or approaches to regulate cryptographic virtual currencies like Bitcoin.

For the full programm, please visit: WEIS 2018
(All research results can be downloaded there for free)