Internet security has become part of everyday life where security problems impact practical aspects of our lives. Even though there is a considerable corpus of knowledge about tools and techniques to protect networks, information about what are the actual vulnerabilities and how they are exploited is not generally available. This situation hampers the effectiveness of security research and practice. Understanding the details of network attacks is a prerequisite for the design and implementation of secure systems and services.

This is the blog of the International Secure Systems Lab, a union of five academic systems security research labs that was originally founded in 2005 at the Technical University of Vienna. As of 2008, the Secure Systems Lab became international and was initially distributed over three geographical locations including the Institute Eurécom in the French Riviera and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2010, Ruhr University in Bochum in Germany joined the iSecLab family, and in 2011, Northeastern University came on board. Lab members collaborate closely, apply for joint funding, share data, exchange ideas, and have fun together. iSecLab encourages and supports student and faculty mobility within the labs. The research focus is on applied computer security, with a recent emphasis on web security, malware analysis, intrusion detection, and vulnerability analysis.