Program Speakers

Speakers – IT-DEFENSE 2018

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren

Born in Dinslaken on August 22, 1961. 1980 – 1987 theology and law studies in Münster, Tübingen and London. 1986 Church licentiate degree in theology. 1987 First State Exami-nation in Law, 1991 Second State Examination in Law. 1989 Doctorate at the University of Münster (title of dissertation: „Software Licensing as a Product Purchase“). 1994 Habilita-tion at the University of Münster (title of habilitation: „Self-regulation in Bank and Insur-ance Law). 1995 – 1997 Professor at the Law Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (Professorship for Civil Law and International Business Law). Since April 1996 "Judge at the Court of Appeal (Oberlandesgericht) Düsseldorf. Since April 1997 Professor at the Law Faculty of the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster (Professor of IT Law and Legal Informatics) and Managing Director of the Institute for Information, Telecom-munication and Media Law (ITM). Focus of research: IT law, legal informatics, bank and insurance law, competition and anti-trust law, international business law. Co-editor of the journals „Law, Computers and Artificial Intelligence“, „EDI-Law Review“ and „MultiMedia and Law“. Legal Adviser to the European Commission/DG XIII on the „Legal Advisory Board on Information Technology“. Member of the Task Force Group on Intellectual Prop-erty of the European Commission. Since June 2000: WIPO 2000, Domain Name Panelist. Member of the Communication Committee of the German UNESCO Commission. 2004: Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute/Balliol College. Lecturer at the Academy of Art Münster, focusing on copyright law and art trade law. Lecturer on Information and IT law at the Universities of Zurich and Vienna. Member of the Kulturrat Münsterland. 2005: honored with the ALCATEL-SEL Research Award „Technical Communication“. Mem-ber of the Technical Committee for Copyright and Publishing Law of the German Associa-tion for Intellectual Property and Copyright Protection. Since 2006: Liaison lecturer at the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Married, two children.

Nikhil Mittal

Nikhil Mittal Nikhil Mittal is a hacker, infosec researcher, speaker and enthusiast. His area of interest includes penetration testing, attack research, defense strategies and post-exploitation research. He has 8+ years of experience in penetration testing for his clients, which include many global corporate giants. He is also a member of Red teams of selected clients. He specializes in assessing security risks at secure environments that require novel attack vectors and an "out-of-the-box" approach. He has worked extensively on using human interface devices in penetration tests and PowerShell for post exploitation. He is the creator of Kautilya, a toolkit that makes it easy to use HIDs in penetration tests, and Nishang, a post-exploitation framework in PowerShell. In his spare time, Nikhil researches on new attack methodologies and updates his tools and frameworks. Nikhil has held trainings and boot camps for various corporate clients (in the US, Europe and SE Asia) and at the world’s top information security conferences. He has spoken/trained at conferences like DEF CON, Black Hat USA, Black Hat Europe, RSA China, Shakacon, DeepSec, PHDays, Black Hat Abu Dhabi, Hackfest, ClubHack, EuSecWest and more. He blogs at


Starbug studied microsystems technology and computer engineering in Berlin. Since receiving his degree in engineering, he has worked at different Fraunhofer Society institutes, for security companies and as a freelance consultant. He is currently involved in the Security in Telecommunications (SECT) working group, a cooperation between Telekom Innovation Laboratories and the TU-Berlin. Starbug has been dealing with overcoming biometric systems for more than 15 years now, recently demonstrated when hacking the iPhone fingerprint sensor. He also inspects the security of microchips, e.g. the access system based on MIFARE Classic or the LEGIC prime chip installed in the immobilizer.

Changhoon Yoon

Changhoon Yoon is a PhD student at KAIST. He is working with Dr. Seungwon Shin at Network and System Security Laboratory, and his research interests primarily lie in the area of network security including SDN/NFV and IoT security. He has presented his recent work at NDSS, Black Hat USA, ONS and more.