The Founders

Dr. Sebastian Pape and Dr. Kristian Beckers were awarded in 2016 for their research regarding Social Engineering and Serious Games with the 3rd price of the "Deutscher IT-Sicherheitspreis" (German IT-Security Price). 2017 they founded the Social Engineering Academy (SEA) GmbH.


Dr. Kristian Beckers

Dr.-Ing. Kristian Beckers is a senior researcher and security consultant focusing on structured methods in software engineering. The scope of his work has been extended to privacy, safety and trust. Recently he also focused on serious games and social engineering.

His work was published in over 50 peer reviewed papers in scientific conferences and has been applied in industry projects. Kristian studied computer science at the University Hamburg with a strong focus on security engineering and human factors. He worked for NEC Europe Ltd. in Heidelberg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST in Dortmund and the SIEMENS CT in Munich (ongoing). Kristian did his PhD at paluno - The Ruhr Institute of Software Technology -, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Followed by a postdoc in the University Duisburg-Essen as well as the Technical University Munich (TUM).

Dr. Sebastian Pape

Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Pape is a senior researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt.
The scope of his work is security, privacy and security/privacy management with a focus on human factors. Most recent work includes research on serious games and social engineering.

Altogether, he has published more than 30 peer reviewed scientific papers and held more than 40 speeches at conferences and workshops. Sebastian holds diplomas in mathematic and computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology and did his PhD at Kassel University. Before he moved to Frankfurt, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Technical University Dortmund. Sebastian was involved in several national and European funded projects with a broad range on topics in security and privacy.