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Katharina is currently tenure-track faculty member at CISPA and head of the Usable Security Group, Empirical and Behavioral Security Research Area.

Before that, she was senior researcher at SBA Research. She completed her PhD in November 2016 with distinction. She also received a master’s degree in Media Informatics from TU Wien in 2012.

CV: Letzte vier Stationen

2018 - heute
Faculty (tenure track), CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Saarbrucken, Germany
2013 - 2018
Researcher, SBA Research, Vienna, Austria; research and project management in information security
09/2015 - 10/2015
Research Intern, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; supervisor: Thorsten Holz, usable authentication
2014 - 2019
Lecturer, FH Campus Vienna University of Applied Sciences; information and network forensics

Veröffentlichungen von Katharina Krombholz

Jahr 2017

Konferenz / Medium

26th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 2017)

Jahr 2016

Konferenz / Medium

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2016

Konferenz / Medium

Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2016

Lehre von Katharina Krombholz

Winter 2021/22


The Security core lecture ("Stammvorlesung") will be offered in winter term '21/'22. There is a short teaser video for the lecture (from last year, so there will be some changes to content as Dr. Krombholz is taking over from Dr. Pellegrino).


The kick-off lecture on the 20th of October will be held in a hybrid format; hence we will stream the lecture from GHH.

In the first two weeks of the lecture, we will try different formats (online, hybrid, in person) and see what works best for most of the students and the lecturers to guarantee the best possible learning experience. After the first two weeks, we will send out a survey to ask for feedback and your preference and constraints for planning the remainder of the semester.

For the rest of the semester, our periodic schedule for the two lectures a week will be:

  • Wednesday 12:15-13:45 (online LINK or GHH, TBC)
  • Friday 16:15-17:45 (online LINK or GHH, TBC)



Registration in this CMS is required until 27.10.2021 at 4pm. LSF exam registration is required to participate in the exams (and will be possible until ~1 week before the finals).



Tutorials will start in the week of November 8 and will be held bi-weekly. We will offer both in-person and online tutorials. We will soon provide registrations for Tutorials via CMS.

Summer 2020

Advanced Lecture: Usable Security

In this lecture, you will learn about human-centric aspects of IT security. Besides research and design methods, you will learn about hot topics in usable security such as authentication, encryption and privacy.

Winter 2019/20

Seminar: Designing Usable Security

The goal of this seminar is to understand usable security challenges based on user studies from scientific literature, identify the design space based on these studies and propose potential design approaches for user-friendly security and privacy technology.

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