M. Sc. Steffen Becker

  • Research Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Becker, Steffen


Max Planck Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy
Exzenterhaus - 7th floor
Universitätsstr. 60
44789 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



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.