course: Master Seminar Current topics in IT Security

teaching methods:
computer based presentation
responsible person:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz (ETIT)
offered in:
winter term and summer term

dates in winter term

  • kick-off meeting: Wednesday the 09.10.2019 from 10:15 to 11.45 o'clock in ID 03/411

dates in summer term

  • kick-off meeting: siehe "Sonstiges"


All statements pertaining to examination modalities (for the summer/winter term of 2020) are given with reservations. Changes due to new requirements from the university will be announced as soon as possible.
Form of exam:seminar
Registration for exam:Directly with the lecturer
continual assessment


The students get to know methods in research-related teaching and are able to study a closely defined topic on their own based on scientific literature. The students learn to understand technical literature on a specific topic and obtain insights into current research topics. The students can practice to write scientific texts and the summary of complex subject areas. Furthermore, the talk enables students to learn to present scientific results and deepen the subject.


Every semester, we offer a Master seminar on "Current Topics in Computer Security", the focus areas are software security, network security, privacy, reverse engineering and similar topics in systems security. The students are expected to study a closely defined topic on their own. Furthermore, they should write a text that summarizes their findings and prepare a talk on this topic. The text should be 20-25 pages long, while the talk should be about 20 minutes long, combined with a discussion of about 5 minutes.



recommended knowledge

Previous knowledge in systems and network security is helpful.




The seminar topics of this seminar are assigned via the website of the central seminar assignment system. On this website, you can find more information regarding usage of the system and the selection process. The registration period is typically at the end of the previous semester, details on the registration period are announced via the RUB mailinglist its-announce. Important: You need to register via the central seminar assignment system to participate in the seminar.

There is a meeting in the first week of the semester during which we present more details regarding the dates and topics of the seminar. As part of this meeting, we will also discuss the topics and formal requirements of the seminar.