The publication “You Get Where You’re Looking For: The Impact of Information Sources on Code Security” by Prof. Michael Backes and his co-authors has won the 2016 5th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition of the National Security Agency (NSA). The paper was originally presented at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Jose, California and deals with the question why software developers write programs containing security gaps and which information sources they use to look up security- or privacy-relevant issues. Michael Backes’ co-authors were Yasemin Acar, Sascha Fahl, Doowon Kim, Michelle L. Mazurek and Christian Stransky. Stransky is currently a PhD student in the research group of Michael Backes at CISPA. The Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition recognizes the best scientific cybersecurity papers published within the respective year. The award ceremony was hosted by the Research Directorate at the National Security Agency.
For more information, please refer to the press release on the competition’s website.