Koen Yskout

Koen Yskout

About me

As research manager in the DistriNet research group of KU Leuven, I take care of the secure software engineering (security by design) research track. This comprises processes, methodologies, models, design notations and formalisms, and empirical evaluations of those.

Previously, as a postdoctoral researcher, I've worked on empirical evaluations of secure software architecture design techniques. In my PhD thesis, I have empirically investigated the use of (security) patterns for crossing the gap between security requirements and software architecture, and proposed an approach to co-evolve security requirements and software architecture based on patterns. I have also explored techniques for automated transformations between a set of security requirements and a secure architecture.

Research interests

My research interests include all aspects of secure software engineering, with special attention to security by design aspects, such as

  • Architectural design and analysis methods, models, notations and formalisms
  • Empirical validation of secure design approaches
  • Security patterns
  • Security requirements engineering
  • Model-driven techniques for security

Besides that, I also strive to follow up on recent developments in the general software engineering space.


Key publications:

  1. Koen Yskout, Riccardo Scandariato, Wouter Joosen, Do security patterns really help designers?, Software Engineering (ICSE), 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on, pages 292-302, Firenze, Italy, 16-24 May 2015 download0 475853bibtex
  2. Koen Yskout, Riccardo Scandariato, Wouter Joosen, Does organizing security patterns focus architectural choices?, 34th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012), volume 1, pages 617-627, Zurich, Switserland, 2-9 June 2012 download0 340395bibtex
  3. Koen Yskout, Riccardo Scandariato, Wouter Joosen, Change patterns: Co-evolving requirements and architecture, Software and Systems Modeling, volume 13, issue 2, pages 625-648, May 2014 334610bibtex
  4. Koen Yskout, (supervisors: Wouter Joosen, Riccardo Scandariato), Connecting Security Requirements and Software Architecture with Patterns (Beveiligingsvereisten en softwarearchitectuur verbinden met patronen), Ph.D. Thesis, 19 April 2013 download0 394937bibtex
  5. Thomas Heyman, Koen Yskout, Riccardo Scandariato, Wouter Joosen, An analysis of the security patterns landscape, Third International Workshop on Software Engineering for Secure Systems (SESS'07: ICSE Workshops 2007), pages 1-7, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, May 19-20, 2007 146782bibtex


Contact info

  • Office: 04.151
  • Address:
    Dept. Computer Science
    Celestijnenlaan 200A
    B-3001 Heverlee
  • Tel: +3216372608
  • Fax: +3216327996
  • Email: Koen Yskout