Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sascha Fahl

  • Professor/in - Lehrstuhl Usable Security and Privacy
Fahl, Sascha
ID 2/130


I have been Professor for computer science and head of the chair for usable security and privacy since April 2018. Previously, I was head of the information security institute at Leibniz University in Hannover (2017 - 2018). From 2016 to 2017 I was independent research group leader of the usable security and privacy group at CISPA, Saarland University. I received a PhD in computer science from Leibniz University Hannover in 2016. In 2015 I was software engineer (SWE) intern in the Chrome Security team at Google in Mountain View.


Broadly, I study the intersection of computer security and privacy with human factors. I'm particularly interested in investigating end users, administrators, developers and designers of computer systems and their interdependencies with computer security and privacy mechanisms. My research involves large-scale analyses of the Internet and software repositories to understand the huge challenges humans face when interacting with computer security and privacy mechanisms. To understand root causes, evaluate existing mechanisms and investigate novel ideas, I conduct all kinds of user studies with end users, administrators, and developers of these systems.

I am recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award (2017), the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award (2017) and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize (2018). One of the papers I co-authored won the Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition of the NSA (2016).

My research is regularly published at top-tier venues (e.g. Oakland, CCS, USENIX Security).

If you are interested in my work, wish to collaborate with me, want to request a detailed CV or for whatever other reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.