The secUnity International Summer School is an international cultural and academic event, which will take place between the 7th and the 11th of August 2017. We are focusing on topics in the context of  IT security, privacy, and entrepreneurship with renowned speakers from academia and industry.

We welcome both international students and students currently enrolled at TU Darmstadt and other German universities to apply for our event! Our event is funded by the DAAD with financial support of the Federal Foreign Office.

Review of SISS2k17

secUnity International Summer School 2017 – TU Darmstadt’s first summer school on “Economics of IT Security and Privacy” successfully completed by over 30 national and international students


Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from all around the world joined us this August for our first secUnity International Summer School 2017 (SISS2k17) at TU Darmstadt organized by the chair Software Business and Information Management. 33 students studying in 13 different countries participated in our one-week program, taking 10 courses, attending several social and cultural events, and meeting various researchers and practitioners from several European countries.


During SISS2k17, we welcomed computer science and business students to promote several topics concerning “Economics of IT Security and Privacy”. Our interdisciplinary approach covered the three main pillars IT Security, Privacy, and Entrepreneurship while introducing the participants also to legal and psychological aspects of these pillars. 13 different speakers – e.g., well-known researchers like Prof. Dr. Krasnova from the University of Potsdam or Dr. Ruilin Zhu from Lancaster University along with practitioners like Volkmar Lotz from SAP SE and Andreas Flach, COO of Avira GmbH & Co. KG – provided theoretical, methodological, and practical insights into topics such as “Information Privacy and Privacy Policy Issues”, “Software and Hardware Security” or “Technological Entrepreneurship and Business Models”. Additionally, all participants were invited to meet researchers like Dr. Roland Rieke who demonstrated various research projects and gadgetry at the research institute Fraunhofer SIT in Darmstadt. The academic program was rounded off with several social and cultural events which enabled students from abroad to immerse themselves in German/Hessian culture and to network and connect among each other.


Due to high satisfaction and recommendation rates, further secUnity summer and winter schools are already in the planning and will be published on the project’s official events website: https://it-security-map.eu/en/events/.

International SISS2k17 scholarship holders were funded by the DAAD with financial support of the Federal Foreign Office while the project secUnity financed by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education provided financial support for our speakers.

Academic Program

A detailed schedule will be published by the end of July 2017, the general outline of the summer school is as follows:

  • Aug 7: Welcome and Registration, Economics of IT Security 101
  • Aug 8: IT Security Management, IT Security Research Excursion
  • Aug 9: Privacy, Entrepreneurship
  • Aug 10: Data Protection Laws and IT, Security Regulations
  • Aug 11: Presentation of Business Models, Certificate Handout and Farewell

About SISS2k17


secUnity International Summer School on Economics of IT Security and Privacy

From August 7-11, 2017, secUnity invites you to its second summer school at Technische Universität Darmstadt. This event is organized by the Chair for Software Business and Information Management (http://www.is.tu-darmstadt.de) and will focus on research topics related to economic and interdisciplinary approaches to IT security and privacy.
The secUnity International Summer School on Economics of IT Security and Privacy provides an opportunity to advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students as well as young scholars to learn more about IT security and privacy in general as well as in relation to business models and legal aspects. The event will be a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises, allowing the students to learn how to design a business model in the context of IT security and privacy which will be reviewed at the end of the event. Furthermore, we offer a multifaceted program covering theoretical and practical aspects in the lectures.
Topics covered during the summer school include (among others):
• Introduction to IT Security and Privacy
• IT Security Management
• Ethical Hacking and National Security
• IT Security Research
• Entrepreneurship and E-Business
• Legal Aspects of IT Security and Privacy
• …

The registration fee for the summer school is free for students and 500 Euro for industry participants. This fee includes daily refreshments, lunch, and social events.

*** scholarships for accommodation and/or travel expenses for international participants available ***


Registration Information

The school is open to qualified and motivated candidates.  Advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students, post-docs, young researchers, and interested professionals are encouraged to submit their application through the application page. Please provide a motivation to attend the event and also list your experience in the area of IT security and economics.

We expect that the participants have some knowledge of information security as well as economics and business administration. We encourage both Computer Science and Social Sciences students to participate as we focus on an interdisciplinary and practical approach which should offer new insights for all participants.

Please apply via our registration page by using the Application page until June 16th, 2017 at latest. We process applications after a peer review process and provide feedback on your application within one week after the deadline. Given that we have a limited number of seats available, only a selected number of applicants will be allowed to participate at the school.

*** we still accept applications for our waiting list! ***


Note that the registration fee for the event is free for enrolled students. Daily refreshments and social events are provided. For industry attendees, the registration fee is 500 Euro.

About secUnity

secUnity is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to intensify IT security research in Germany and Europe. We support sustainable interdisciplinary networking in IT security research on a European level by

  • conducting a survey of IT security research locations,
  • systematically assessing gaps in IT security,
  • performing a dialog to obtain a vision of long-term IT security research policy,
  • organizing events and scientific workshops, and
  • participating actively in training young researchers.

Find out more about secUnity