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.

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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 accomodation and travel for international participants available ***


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

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