I am a professor of information security and computer networks at Worms University of Applied Sciences and also affiliated with Fraunhofer FKIE (Bonn) and Cleopa (near Berlin). I received my Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Hagen. Aged 17, I started writing books (sold 60,000 printed+electronic copies so far and counted 50,000 free downloads of my older editions). A list of my 120+ publications can be found here. My publications appeared in high-quality journals/conference such as ACM CSUR, CACM, Wiley SCN, IEEE Security & Privacy, IEEE LCN, IFIP SEC, Springer ANTE and J.UCS. However, I also wrote books on the Linux operating system and contributed tons open source code/patches to the free software community. There is also a list of selected talks.
My research focuses on network information hiding (network covert channels and network steganography), science of security (SoC), IoT/smart buildings/homes, security of embedded communication protocols, and information security terminology/taxonomy.
Some of my key publications are on the fundamentals (SoC) of network information hiding: taxonomy/patterns/fundamentals [1,2], creativity evaluation of research paper submissions  and scientific methodology of information hiding . Some of my other key contributions are focusing on traffic normalization and active wardens [5, 6] and covert channel optimization [7,8].
I am a member of several steering committees, initiatives, program and organizing committees (cf. details). I am (or was) lecturing and supervising at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Bonn University and Hagen University. A list of my projects, both funded and spare-time software projects, is also available.
In addition to information security, I am interested in university history, campus novels, and retro computing – in particular: operating system history and historic network protocols. I own a small collection of rather historic books on these retro computing topics. Since about five years, I am also a mid-distance runner (5km to half-marathon).
Find (information about) me here: Twitter, Google Scholar and ResearchGate.
Contact: steffen (at) wendzel (dot) de (PGP pub key: FD701BD1).
Recent News (Selection):
- Das Cover zu meinem noch unveröffentlichen Buch ist da. Es erscheint in Kürze bei Springer-Vieweg.
- A new paper has been accepted at CECC'18:
Steffen Wendzel, Daniela Eller, Wojciech Mazurczyk: One Countermeasure, Multiple Patterns: Countermeasure Variation for Covert Channels, in Proc. Central European Security Conference (CECC'18), to appear.
- Received and corrected the proof of my upcoming book on network/IoT security (in German). It should be available via Springer in 1-2 months.
- Going to lecture at COINS PhD summer school on network security, Lesvos, GR.
- A new paper has been published:
Ralf Keidel, Steffen Wendzel, Sebastian Zillien, Eric S. Conner and Georg Haas: WoDiCoF – A Testbed for the Evaluation of (Parallel) Covert Channel Detection Algorithms, Journal of Universal Computer Science, Vol. 24(5), pp. 556-576, 2018.
- Two papersgot accepted at the CUING workshop at ARES'18.:
- W. Mazurczyk, S. Wendzel, K. Cabaj: Towards Deriving Insights into Data Hiding Methods Using Pattern-based Approach.
- S. Wendzel: Get Me Cited, Scotty! Analysis of Citations in Covert Channel/Steganography Research.
- IEEE IT Professional published our new article on Information Hiding.
- I am finally done editing my upcoming German book on network/IoT security.