Prof. Dr. Arno Wacker

has been Professor of Data Protection and Compliance at the Research Institute for Cyber Defense (CODE) in the Department of Computer Science since June 1, 2018. The focus of his research is on the technological implementation of data protection, including with regard to informational self-determination.

Prof. Dr. Arno Wacker

In particular, Prof. Wacker examines privacy protection, security awareness and security tests (so-called pentests) for compliance with legal provisions (e.g. GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation).

Before his appointment to the Bundeswehr University Munich, Arno Wacker held a professorship of Applied Information Security at the University of Kassel. His research priorities included security in self* systems (detection and prevention of fraudulent behavior in distributed systems), privacy-supporting mechanisms, strengthening IT security awareness, and cryptanalysis of classical ciphers. As a member of the Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG), Prof. Wacker participated in interdisciplinary projects such as the DFG project CyPhOC and the LOEWE project Social Link.

In 2017, Prof. Wacker was invited for a sabbatical at the University of Baltimore County (UMBC) where he joined the UMBC Cybersecurity Center. On account of the successful cooperation, Arno Wacker was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering by the UMBC.

Arno Wacker obtained his PhD from the University of Stuttgart. He is the author and co-author of scientific papers and presentations for international conferences, for professional journals (e.g. Cryptologia) and technical literature (e.g. the textbook award winner Wirtschaftsinformatik – eine Einführung). Moreover, in 2016, Prof.  Wacker initiated the international European Historical Ciphers Colloquium which has meanwhile developed into the first International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt) in Europe.


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