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Welcome to CASA – your home for cutting-edge IT security research in Germany and beyond. Innovative and Holistic: We aim to develop strong countermeasures against powerful cyber attackers.
CASA’s holistic approach is internationally unique and holds the potential for groundbreaking results. The cluster will serve as a blueprint for security research, combining top-level science, interdisciplinarity and practice.
Our outstanding PI team covers the full range needed for tackling the challenging research problems in modern cyber security.
Our goal is to develop cryptographic solutions against large-scale adversaries.
We will investigate the interaction of security systems with their physical environment.
We will build secure systems, design mitigation chains and utilize machine learning techniques to detect unknown attacks.
"CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries"
"CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" pursues the goal of enabling sustainable security against large-scale adversaries, in particular nation-state attackers.
The research is characterized by a strongly interdisciplinary approach which, in addition to technical questions, also investigates the interaction of human behavior and IT security.
The scientific core of CASA is formed by four Research Hubs. The Future Cryptography Hub investigates crucial foundational problems and the Embedded Security Hub addresses platform security challenges in the context of powerful attackers. The Secure Systems Hub will provide solutions for building complex systems in a secure fashion. Finally, the research in the Usability Hub will address the challenge of making the research in the three technical hubs usable for humans.
The Transfer Lab will investigate the integration of the security solutions from the Research Hubs into real-world applications in a truly meaningful manner.
First planning meeting with RUB
Draft proposal for "CASA" submitted
Full proposal CASA is submitted
Start of the Cluster of Excellence
Start of 6 CASA Fundamental Research Projects
Grand opening of the Cluster of Excellence
First place in CSAW competition for Jörg Schwenk
Intel's "Outstanding Researcher Award" for Thorsten Holz
Numerous CASA members in the final of the NIST standardization process for post-quantum cryptography
First Mid-Term Reviews of CASA Research Projects
CASA Online-Retreat for PhDs and Postdocs
CASA Early Career Researchers at Full Strength: Target of 40 Phds and Postdocs Reached
Amir Moradi set a record in the history of the CHES conference - co-authoring of 10 accepted papers
Distinguished Paper Award for Thorsten Holz at RAID for "The Evolution of DNS-based Email Authentication: Measuring Adoption and Finding Flaws"
The Art-Science residency RE:SEARCHING IT-SECURITY begins
Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen visits HGI and CASA as part of her research trip "#Möglichmacher"
Prof. Eike Kiltz receives ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Thorsten Holz and Prof. Konrad Rieck receive ERC Consolidator Grants
ERC Starting Grant for Prof. Michael Walter
Closing Event of the Art-Science Residency "RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY"
CASA researchers win global NIST standardization process on post-quantum cryptography
Lucas David receives ERC Starting Grant
CASA Retreat 2022
Publication of the first CASA comic book about the research of Research Hub C
Publication of our CASA comic book about the research of Research Hub A
First idea for an EXC application by the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security
DFG publishes call for proposals for Clusters of Excellence within the Excellence Strategy
CASA is invited to submit full proposal
Funding decision: CASA becomes Cluster of Excellence
CASA Initial Research Projects begin
CASA consortium agreement adopted
Best Paper Award for Amir Moradi at CHES for "Glitch-Resistant Masking Revisited"
First 3-day CASA Retreat
Start of the regularly held CASA Distinguished Lectures
Best Paper Award for Amir Moradi at USENIX for "The Unpatchable Silicon: A Full Break of the Bitstream Encryption of Xilinx 7-Series FPGAs"
Best Paper Award for Gregor Leander at the CRYPTO for "Improved Differential-Linear Attacks with Applications to ARX Ciphers"
First Strategy Meeting With the CASA Advisory Board
Admission of Angela Sasse to the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
Organization of the first international "Women in Security and Cryptography" Workshop
CASA Retreat 2021
Best Paper Award for Jörg Schwenk at the ACM CCS for "XSinator.com: From a Formal Model to the Automatic Evaluation of Cross-Site Leaks in Web Browsers"
The paper "Faster Addition and Doubling on Elliptic Curves" by the CASA PIs Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange is awarded the IACR Test-of-Time Award 2022
CASA Summer School on Blockchain Security
Amir Moradi contributed 8 papers to CHES.
Distinguished Paper Awards for Konrad Rieck and Thorsten Holz (USENIX) and Alena Naiakshina (SOUPS).
Team around CASA PI Amir Moradi wins 1st place of the 9th German IT Security Award