Review of the 5th Computer Science Conference for University of Bonn Students
The CSCUBS 2018 took place on May 16th in the premises of the University of Bonn and was organised by PhD and MSc students with the aim of promoting research in computer science and scientific exchange among students. The participation of researchers and practitioners was also encouraged. The students also had the opportunity to submit their own contributions describing new research or development work in connection with computer science. This also included university projects, dissertations and results of other professional or leisure activities. In addition to the sponsoring companies, the students themselves gave lectures.
SRC staff provides students with insight into exciting projects
Max Hettrich of SRC also reported on the company’s fields of activity in a lecture. The focus was on payment evolving. The aim here is to put the “Girocard into the mobile phone”. What is particularly interesting here is what the security evaluation for payment cards looks like so far and what new challenges will now arise for mobile payment in the future. Reverse engineering of the applications used will play a central role in the security evaluation of smartphone-based solutions. The examiner takes on the role of an attacker and tries to find ways to compromise the payment application. This is a central building block for evaluating the effectiveness of the implemented protection mechanisms. Where in the past the SRC evaluation facility in particular evaluated the security of payment cards, in future the department for penetration testing will also contribute its expertise in the evaluation of mobile solutions.
In addition, the lecture also included more general topics, such as the fields of activity and working atmosphere of the SRC. The core business of payment cards has developed over the many years that SRC has been in existence into a multitude of other business areas. It was also discussed what makes SRC as an employer special and what qualities SRC offers.
Conclusion and impressions from the view of the SRC
“The high proportion of international students, the active participation in the event and the consistently independent organisation of the CSCUBS made a lasting impression on us,” said Jochen Schumacher of SRC. The BSI, BC Technologies and SRC accompanied the CSCUBS 2018 with presentations. We were particularly pleased that SRC’s practical contribution provided material for a productive discussion. The security of modern payment transactions is a topic that also moves students. This was demonstrated by the many meaningful discussions in the plenum and the personal exchange at SRC’s specially set up stand. CSCUBS 2018 was an extremely successful and informative event. SRC is looking forward to the new edition in 2019.