M. Sc. Steffen Becker

  • Research Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Becker, Steffen


Max Planck Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy
Universitätsstr. 140
44799 Bochum

Due to restricted access to the office building meetings are only possible by appointment.

steffen.becker@rub.de PGP key


  • Since 02/2017: Re­se­arch as­sis­tant/PhD po­si­ti­on at the Em­bed­ded Se­cu­ri­ty group, Horst Görtz In­sti­tu­te for IT-Se­cu­ri­ty, Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum, Ger­ma­ny
  • 06/2014 - 12/2016: Mas­ter of Sci­ence in IT-Se­cu­ri­ty, Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum, Ger­ma­ny
  • 04/2016 - 10/2016: Visiting researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Michigan, USA
  • 08/2014 - 05/2015: Ex­chan­ge stu­dent at Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty, In­di­a­na, USA
  • 10/2011 - 06/2014: Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence in IT-Se­cu­ri­ty, Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum, Ger­ma­ny


  • Human Factors in Hardware Reverse Engineering
  • Hard­ware Tro­jans
  • Hard­ware Ob­fu­s­ca­ti­on



Apps Against the Spread: Privacy Implications and User Acceptance of COVID-19-Related Smartphone Apps on Three Continents

Christine Utz, Steffen Becker, Theodor Schnitzler, Florian Farke, Franziska Herbert, Leonie Schaewitz, Martin Degeling, Markus Dürmuth - ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021

An Exploratory Study of Hardware Reverse Engineering — Technical and Cognitive Processes

Steffen Becker, Carina Wiesen, Nils Albartus, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2020), Conference Paper

Akzeptanz von Corona-Apps in Deutschland vor der Einführung der Corona-Warn-App

Steffen Becker, Martin Degeling, Markus Dürmuth, Florian Farke, Leonie Schaewitz, Theodor Schnitzler, Christine Utz - Vorabveröffentlichung (Preprint), Juni 2020

Promoting the Acquisition of Hardware Reverse Engineering Skills

Wiesen, Carina, Steffen Becker, Nils Albartus, Chris­tof Paar, Rummel, Nikol - 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Cincinnati, OH, USA. 2019.

Wie arbeiten Reverse Engineers?

Steffen Becker, Wiesen, Carina, Rummel, Nikol, Chris­tof Paar - Datenschutz und Datensichicherheit (2019) 43: 686.

Highway to HAL

Sebastian Wallat, Nils Albartus, Steffen Becker, Max Hoffmann, Maik Ender, Marc Fyrbiak, Adrian Drees, Sebastian Maaßen, Chris­tof Paar - CF'19 Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers Pages 392-397

Towards Cognitive Obfuscation - Impeding Hardware Reverse Engineering Based on Psychological Insights

Carina Wiesen, Nils Albartus, Max Hoffmann, Steffen Becker, Sebastian Wallat, Marc Fyrbiak, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - ASPDAC '19 Proceedings of the 24th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference Pages 104-111 (presentation at ASPDAC 2019, Tokyo, Japan, January 21–24, 2019)

Teaching Hardware Reverse Engineering: Educational Guidelines and Practical Insights

Carina Wiesen, Steffen Becker, Marc Fyrbiak, Nils Albartus, Malte Elson, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), Wollongong, NSW, 2018, pp. 438-445. (presented in December 2018 in Wollongong, NSW, Australia)

Commercial Vehicles vs. Automotive Cybersecurity: Commonalities and Differences

André Weimerskirch, Steffen Becker, Bill Hass - Commercial Vehicles vs. Automotive Cybersecurity: Commonalities and Differences. Gloria D'Anna (Ed.), Cybersecurity for Commercial Vehicles (pp. 47-64). Warrendale, PA: SAE International.