Our Mission.

The Institute of Networks and Security (INS) is part of the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (TNF) at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria (JKU). We strive to improve security and network connectivity of computer systems both in world-wide and in local networks through research, education, and specific project work. In addition to academic research and teaching, we firmly believe that it is our shared responsibility to improve the practical security of everyday computer systems and infrastructure that our current society is increasingly dependent upon.

Towards this mission, we work in three areas of advancing the state-of-the-art:

  • In research, we look at the full spectrum between fundemantal research issues (with a horizon of up to 20 years until practical applicability) and applied research (with time-to-market of 1-2 years) and act as a bridge between academic research results and their practical applicability industry-driven projects.
  • In teaching, we interpret and organize textbook knowledge and new research results primarily in the form of courses for university students, including significant parts of the Master curriculum with the Major in Networks and Security. Additionally, we offer special courses on secure coding practices and cryptography to companies and other organizations on request.
  • As a publicly funded institute, we offer free community services in the form of documentation and open-source software for the general public with the intent of informing and enabling the general public to improve the security of their own devices and services and profit from new research on networking technologies.