PHYSEC erhält ECSO-Label “Cybersecurity Made in Europe”

eurobits e.V. awards PHYSEC with the ECSO label “Cybersecurity Made in Europe”

PHYSEC GmbH recent­ly achie­ved the label “Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty Made in Euro­pe” of the Euro­pean Cyber Secu­ri­ty Orga­ni­sa­ti­on (ECSO). The label repres­ents trust­worthy cybersecu­ri­ty solu­ti­ons as defi­ned by the Euro­pean Uni­on Agen­cy for Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty (ENISA) and respec­ting Euro­pean data pro­tec­tion stan­dards. 

To this date, euro­bits e.V. has only awar­ded the label to two com­pa­nies: PHYSEC GmbH from Bochum and Radar Cyber Secu­ri­ty, head­quar­te­red in Vien­na. 

The euro­bits e.V. wri­tes in their press release: ” […] Phy­sec from Bochum has deve­lo­ped into an inter­na­tio­nal­ly renow­ned com­pa­ny sin­ce its foun­da­ti­on and has won nume­rous awards for its inno­va­ti­ve ori­en­ta­ti­on in the field of secu­ri­ty for the Inter­net of Things.” (**quo­te trans­la­ted from ger­man**) 

About eurobits

euro­bits e.V. is the Euro­pean Com­pe­tence Cen­ter for Secu­ri­ty in Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy. Lea­ding rese­arch insti­tu­tesestab­lis­hed com­pa­nies in the sec­tor as well as young growth com­pa­nies are inte­gra­ted in an asso­cia­ti­on that is uni­que in Euro­pe and has a strong focus on coope­ra­ti­on and trans­fer bet­ween busi­ness and sci­ence in the field of IT secu­ri­ty and infor­ma­ti­on secu­ri­ty. 


1st place at European Cyber Security STARtup Competition

PHYSEC Crowned Winner of ECSO’s European Cybersecurity STARtup Award

On the 2nd Febru­a­ry after going head-to-head with seven other lea­ding Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty star­tups, Ger­ma­ny-based PHYSEC was named the win­ner of ECSO’s Euro­pean Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty STARt­up Award by an inde­pen­dent jury, con­sis­ting of renown Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty experts.

Being nomi­na­ted to the Euro­pean Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty STARt­up Award final com­pe­ti­ti­on was alrea­dy a real­ly big thing for our ent­i­re team. Com­pe­ting with other excel­lent cyber­se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­nies and being reco­gnis­ed at the Euro­pean level is a huge appre­cia­ti­on of our 5‑year work and a strong reco­gni­ti­on of our pro­duct to secu­re IoT/OT devices,” said Chris­ti­an Zen­ger, Co-foun­der and CEO of PHYSEC, after recei­ving the Award.

Eight fina­lists had been selec­ted from Cyber Inves­tor Days hos­ted across the pre­vious year by Euro­pean Cyber Secu­ri­ty Orga­ni­sa­ti­on (ECSO) and its part­ners, inclu­ding Britt­a­ny Regi­on and its Pôle d’Excellence Cyber, euro­bits e.V., secu­n­et Secu­ri­ty Net­works AG, Saint-Quen­tin-en-Yve­li­nes, SECURITYMADEIN.LU, Sopra Ste­ria, Sys­te­ma­tic Paris-Regi­on and Alli­an­ce pour la Con­fi­an­ce Numé­ri­que (ACN).

The final event saw inten­se com­pe­ti­ti­on through a seri­es of pit­ches per­for­med by eight fina­lists – Yogo­sha, Har­fang­Lab, 4Securitas, MADANA, Kyma­tio, BYSTAMP, GLIMPS and PHYSEC. The high-level award jury ulti­mate­ly deci­ded that PHYSEC should be the win­ner on the basis of their scala­b­le, dis­rup­ti­ve and inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­on, growth-ori­en­ted busi­ness plan, go-to-mar­ket stra­te­gy, busi­ness model, use of pro­ceeds, team pro­fi­le and pitch performance.

I’m very glad to repre­sent the strong sup­port of the Jury for nomi­na­ting PHYSEC as the win­ner of 1st edi­ti­on of the Euro­pean Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty STARt­up Award. Given the glo­bal IoT secu­ri­ty chal­len­ge that exists today, the Jury found PHYSEC tech­no­lo­gi­cal approach very inte­res­ting and inno­va­ti­ve to address this real struc­tu­ral pro­blem and respec­ti­ve mar­ket oppor­tu­ni­ty. Congra­tu­la­ti­ons to all the team at PHYSEC and the best wis­hes on pur­suing the ambi­tious growth plan ahead,” said Car­los Morei­ra da Sil­va, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Sonae IM & co-Chair of ECSO Working Group 2.2 ‘2 “Invest­ments and inno­va­ti­ve busi­ness models”.

An Ambi­tious Agenda

The Euro­pean Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty STARt­up Award was crea­ted to incre­a­se the awa­reness and visi­bi­li­ty of sta­te-of-the-art cyber­se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­nies in Euro­pe, both at the Euro­pean and the glo­bal levels. A robust Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty indus­try means a bet­ter pro­tec­ted digi­tal Europe.

Howe­ver, Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders (par­ti­cu­lar­ly smal­ler com­pa­nies) have often strug­gled for visi­bi­li­ty in a frag­men­ted Euro­pean mar­ket. ECSO envi­sa­ges the­re­fo­re that this initia­ti­ve will thus incre­a­se the Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty pos­tu­re across citi­zens, busi­nes­ses and socie­ty, by incre­a­sing the pre­va­lence of Euro­pean upt­a­ke of Euro­pean solutions.

At ECSO we belie­ve it is very important to give visi­bi­li­ty to the best of aspi­ring Euro­pean cyber­se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­nies to help them achie­ve their full poten­ti­al. That’s why we crea­ted the Euro­pean Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty STARt­up Award to find and show­ca­se Europe’s most inno­va­ti­ve cyber­se­cu­ri­ty star­tups. We congra­tu­la­te PHYSEC on bea­ting the com­pe­ti­ti­on to win this pres­ti­gious award,” said Lui­gi Rebuf­fi, Secreta­ry Gene­ral of ECSO

Bochum 03.02.2021


LoRaTLS Trinkwasserzähler

Trio develops innovative digital water meter for the German market with encrypted LoRaWAN

Kams­trup, GELSENWASSER AG and PHYSEC GmbH have joi­ned for­ces to deve­lop a digi­tal water meter with LoRa­WAN com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on technology.
On Decem­ber 22, 2020, a con­tract was signed by Kams­trup, Danish pro­vi­der of sys­tem solu­ti­ons for intel­li­gent ener­gy and water mete­ring, GELSENWASSER AG, one of Germany’s lar­gest water uti­li­ties, and PHYSEC GmbH, a spe­cia­list for inno­va­ti­ve secu­ri­ty and con­nec­ti­vi­ty con­cepts. In 2021, the com­pa­nies will joint­ly launch an elec­tro­nic water meter with LoRa TLS com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on modu­le on the Ger­man mar­ket. PHYSEC has alrea­dy deve­lo­ped the LoRa TLS com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy tog­e­ther with Gelsenwasser.

Tes­ting the com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on modu­le thoroughly
The LoRa­WAN com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy is being tes­ted in prac­ti­ce in the city of Gel­sen­kir­chen and is expec­ted to cover around 400 meters by the end of 2020. So far, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in this test envi­ron­ment is done via an exter­nal box moun­ted on the digi­tal water meter, which is manu­fac­tu­red by eBZ, a Gel­sen­was­ser asso­cia­ted com­pa­ny. In the future, this box will be repla­ced by a TLS-over-LoRa­WAN com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on modu­le inte­gra­ted into the water meter. LoRa­WAN is a Low Power Wide Area Net­work spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on for wire­less bat­te­ry-powe­red sys­tems in a regio­nal, natio­nal or even glo­bal net­work. LoRa­WAN tar­gets the most important requi­re­ments of Inter­net of Things (IoT), such as bidi­rec­tio­n­al com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, loca­liz­a­ti­on and mobi­li­ty of services.

The IoTree secu­ri­ty midd­le­wa­re pro­vi­ded by PHYSEC app­lies the TLS pro­to­col over the LoRa­WAN radio pro­to­col to ensu­re sta­te-of-the-art end-to-end secu­ri­ty at the hig­hest secu­ri­ty level and com­pli­ant with BSI spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons. The sys­tems cur­r­ent­ly avail­ab­le on the mar­ket ope­ra­te on the basis of the spe­ci­fied secu­ri­ty mecha­nisms of the LoRA­WAN pro­to­col, which do not meet the­se requi­re­ments. The paten­ted solu­ti­on enab­les secu­re com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in the Inter­net of Things for ope­ra­tors of cri­ti­cal infra­st­ruc­tures, uti­li­ties and water providers.

The very first digi­tal meters will be deploy­ed in 2022
The first elec­tro­nic water meters with TLS-over-LoRa­WAN com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy will be avail­ab­le next year (2021). Gel­sen­was­ser plans to deploy 25,000 units by ear­ly 2022

With its pro­duct IoTree, PHYSEC pro­vi­des a matu­re IoT plat­form with a spe­cial focus on the secu­ri­ty of cyber-phy­si­cal app­li­ca­ti­ons. In dif­fe­ren­tia­ti­on to exis­ting plat­forms, IoTree offers all com­pon­ents from the secu­ri­ty of the end device (mani­pu­la­ti­on detec­tion) over the secu­re radio com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on (LPWAN) up to the app­li­ca­ti­on. The plat­form has open inter­faces that for­ward data to value-added ser­vices. The LoRa­WAN tech­no­lo­gy modu­le enab­les device manu­fac­tu­rers to secu­re­ly digi­ti­ze pro­ducts, and uti­li­ties are sup­por­ted from net­work set­up to roll-out. The inno­va­ti­ve secu­ri­ty and con­nec­ti­vi­ty con­cepts enab­le the imple­men­ta­ti­on of digi­tal busi­ness models with the hig­hest IT secu­ri­ty as well as ease of use at the same time, con­tri­bu­ting to the digi­tal auto­no­my of users. PHYSEC has recei­ved nume­rous awards for its pro­ducts and busi­ness model.

About Gel­sen­was­ser
All life comes from water — that’s how Gel­sen­was­ser came into being! Foun­ded in 1887 in the Ruhr area to sup­ply the coal and steel indus­try and the peop­le of the regi­on with water, we are now one of Germany’s lar­gest water uti­li­ties. Resour­ce con­ser­va­ti­on is very important to us. Our logo has shown this ori­en­ta­ti­on for over 40 years: The blue river in a green land­s­cape stands for sus­tainab­le, respon­si­ble resour­ce manage­ment — this app­lies to all busi­ness are­as. Infra­st­ruc­tu­re and uti­li­ties are our focus are­as: from water and sewa­ge to ener­gy (gas, electri­ci­ty, wind, PV, heat) and digi­tal. We also share our know-how with our part­ners as ser­vices or in joint pro­jects. Always with a view to the spe­ci­fic needs on site in order to achie­ve via­ble, cost-effec­ti­ve solu­ti­ons. This also inclu­des the part­ners­hip with Kams­trup and Phy­sec — for inno­va­ti­ve, safe and respon­si­ble digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on in drin­king water supply.

About Kams­trup
Kams­trup is one of the world’s lea­ding pro­vi­ders of sys­tem solu­ti­ons for smart ener­gy and water mete­ring. Our solu­ti­ons are used by uti­li­ties and pro­per­ty mana­gers around the world, pro­vi­ding reli­able and cost-effec­ti­ve mete­ring. By under­stan­ding the cus­to­mers’ chal­len­ges upfront, we can help opti­mi­ze busi­ness pro­ces­ses and inspi­re smar­ter as well as more respon­si­ble solu­ti­ons. The port­fo­lio inclu­des con­sump­ti­on meters, remo­te rea­ding sys­tems, hos­ting and ser­vice, as well as ana­ly­tics and smart grid app­li­ca­ti­ons. All pro­ducts are manu­fac­tu­red in Den­mark and meet the hig­hest envi­ron­men­tal and qua­li­ty certifications.

Mannheim/Bochum/Gelsenkirchen, Decem­ber 23, 2020


Dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic

Dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic

Dear partners,

We take the present situation very seriously and would like
to inform you about the measures we have implemented and
their effects:

Accessibility and Workflow Management:
All colleagues from PHYSEC are equipped with notebooks and
working in home office. All phone numbers are redirected to
the mobile phone numbers of the team. Please don't be
surprised if a call is coming in from a mobile phone number.

Personal Contacts and Business Trips:
All visits, lectures, workshops and meetings were postponed
or replaced by video conferences. We have had good to very
good experiences with the various conference tools so far
and are looking forward to staying in touch with you.

Projects and Product Development:
Our engineers are not restricted in their work by the
transition to home office. Of course, we have adapted the
tools and processes used. We are highly motivated and
fully committed to both project implementation and
cutting-edge research.

We wish you to overcome the pandemic as well as possible
and hope that the measures taken will improve the
situation in the short and medium term.

Stay Healthy! Stay Secure!


Research project 5GAIN

5Gain – 5G infrastructures for cellular energy systems using artificial intelligence

PHYSEC is part of the BMWi-fun­ded pro­ject »5Gain – 5G infra­st­ruc­tures for cel­lu­lar ener­gy sys­tems using arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence« with the pur­po­se of deve­lo­ping and asses­sing 5G-based com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on for the dis­tri­bu­t­ed con­trol of cel­lu­lar ener­gy systems.

Due to the expan­si­on of decen­tra­li­zed, rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources as well as con­troll­ab­le loads and sto­rage, the con­trol of ener­gy sys­tems is beco­m­ing incre­a­singly com­plex. One solu­ti­on approach is to divi­de the ener­gy net­work into cells. Wit­hin the­se cells, a decen­tra­li­zed, auto­no­mous load and feed-in manage­ment is car­ri­ed out.

The pro­ject is inten­ded to opti­mi­se the regio­nal extrac­tion and pro­duc­tion beha­viour by means of machi­ne lear­ning methods. In this con­text, the deve­lo­p­ment of bil­ling pro­ce­du­res should be made pos­si­ble through the use of smart contracts.

Based on high requi­re­ments for speed, sca­la­bi­li­ty and relia­bi­li­ty, 5G net­works meet the requi­re­ments of a high­ly mobi­le and ful­ly net­wor­ked socie­ty. The rese­arch pro­ject is the­re­fo­re based on addi­tio­nal ser­vices that are only pos­si­ble with 5G net­works. This inclu­des the data-rate inten­si­ve and auto­ma­ted remo­te main­ten­an­ce of dis­tri­bu­t­ed infra­st­ruc­tures using drones.

PHYSEC is working on the deve­lo­p­ment of a secu­ri­ty archi­tec­tu­re for the secu­re con­nec­tion of net­work infor­ma­ti­on via LPWAN (5G, NB-IoT..). Fur­ther­mo­re, we are respon­si­ble for the cyber-phy­si­cal con­di­ti­on moni­to­ring (inte­gri­ty) of the dis­tri­bu­t­ed infrastructures.

Run­ning time

01.12.2019 — 30.11.2022


  • DEW21
  • ades­so SE
  • urban ENERGY GmbH
  • Stadt Dort­mund
  • Fraun­ho­fer-Gesell­schaft e.V.
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • TU Dort­mund
  • Inno­gy SE

Fun­ded by the Federal Minis­try of Eco­no­mics and Energy.


Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2019: PHYSEC auf der Preisverleihung in Berlin

Deutscher Zukunftspreis” 2019: PHYSEC at the Award Ceremony in Berlin

Pic­tu­re: PHYSEC foun­der Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger with Federal Pre­si­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­mei­er at this year’s award cere­mo­ny of the Ger­man Future Pri­ze at the Tem­po­drom in Berlin

We are very plea­sed about our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in this year’s round of awards for the “Deut­scher Zukunfts­preis”. The award for tech­no­lo­gy and inno­va­ti­on was pre­sen­ted by Federal Pre­si­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­mei­er in Ber­lin on Thurs­day. The nomi­na­ti­on alo­ne is con­si­de­red a high honor — an app­li­ca­ti­on is not possible.

We congra­tu­la­te this year’s win­ners, the Munich-based com­pa­ny Celonis!

With our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the com­pe­ti­ti­on this year, we have now been con­si­de­red for the second time for the “Deut­scher Zukunfts­preis”. The award from the Federal Pre­si­dent is con­si­de­red one of the most important sci­ence awards in Ger­ma­ny and is accom­pa­nied by 250,000 euros in pri­ze money. In total, it was awar­ded for the 23rd time this year.




We have won the 1st pri­ze at the GRÜNDERPREIS NRW! 

The pri­ze hono­urs the most suc­cess­ful inno­va­ti­ve busi­ness ide­as, inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts and entre­pre­neu­ri­al per­so­na­li­ties from NRW. It is awar­ded by the Minis­try of Eco­no­mics, Inno­va­ti­on, Digi­ti­sa­ti­on and Ener­gy of North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia and NRW.BANK. The pri­ze was awar­ded for the eighth time in 2019 and is one of the hig­hest endo­wed com­pe­ti­ti­ons in Ger­ma­ny. The award cere­mo­ny took place on Mon­day evening in Düs­sel­dorf. The jury con­sis­ted of repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the Minis­try of Eco­no­mic Affairs, NRW.Bank and busi­ness start-up and eco­no­mic experts from North Rhine-Westphalia. 

PHYSEC is a worthy win­ner and a gre­at examp­le for the up-and-com­ing foun­der sta­te. The com­pa­ny has its ori­gins in the Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum. This shows the enor­mous poten­ti­al of com­bi­ning sci­ence and busi­ness,” says Eco­no­mics and Digi­tal Affairs Minis­ter Prof. Dr. Andre­as Pinkwart. 

Foun­ders of PHYSEC: Dr. Hei­ko Koep­ke (l.) and Dr. Chris­ti­an Zenger 

As a deve­lo­p­ment bank for North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia, we pro­vi­de busi­ness start-ups with advice and sup­port. And with the NRW GRÜNDERPREIS we are giving them a sta­ge to pre­sent their good ide­as,” exp­lains Eck­hard Forst, Chair­man of the Mana­ging Board of NRW.BANK. “PHYSEC is a shi­ning examp­le of a start-up from our federal sta­te and its two foun­ders are high­ly deser­ved prizewinners. 

We are deligh­ted and thank you very much for this award! 

More infor­ma­ti­on about the foun­der pri­ze can be found here.

PHYSEC among the Top 10 Start-ups in Germany

PHYSEC among the Top 10 Start-ups in Germany

We have been hono­u­red by the busi­ness maga­zi­ne BILANZ as one of the top 10 start-ups in Ger­ma­ny. The “Start me up!” com­pe­ti­ti­on, in which we were able to pre­sent our tech­no­lo­gy to a jury of experts, took place in Ber­lin at the begin­ning of July. 

Sin­ce 2016, the busi­ness maga­zi­ne BILANZ has annu­al­ly orga­ni­zed the start-up com­pe­ti­ti­on with Germany’s most inno­va­ti­ve young com­pa­nies. Fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on the win­ners will be avail­ab­le in the next issue of BILANZ. 


35th Chaos Communication Congress: PHYSEC presents details on the application of their technology

35th Chaos Communication Congress: PHYSEC presents details on the application of their technology

At the 35th annual conference of the Chaos Computer Club (35C3), the largest international hacker meeting in Europe, Christian Zenger, David Holin and Lars Steinschulte presented PHYSEC’s Enclosure-PUF technology.

This year’s Cha­os Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on Con­gress attrac­ted more than 16,000 visi­tors to the exhi­bi­ti­on halls in Leip­zig on three days. Under the mot­to “Refres­hing Memo­ries” it was the venue for important deba­tes, lec­tures and work­shops on tech­ni­cal and socio-poli­ti­cal topics.

It was the first time that we gave insights into the PHYSEC tech­no­lo­gy. With Enclo­sure-PUF we pre­sen­ted an inno­va­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gy that makes it pos­si­ble to veri­fy the authen­ti­ci­ty, inte­gri­ty and phy­si­cal sta­te of a phy­si­cal object and to pro­ve cor­re­spon­ding state­ments via digi­tal channels.

In public envi­ron­ments, data extrac­tion from or mani­pu­la­ti­on of com­pu­ter sys­tems is easy to per­form as it requi­res only phy­si­cal access. The aim of the talk was the­re­fo­re to demons­tra­te exem­pla­ry tam­per resis­tance by means of a (very inex­pen­si­ve) self-built test bed in order to pro­tect secret infor­ma­ti­on without attack detec­tion or data era­su­re cir­cuit. The use of elec­tro­ma­gne­tic waves (or their pro­pa­ga­ti­on beha­viour) enab­les the pro­tec­tion of indi­vi­du­al small com­pon­ents to be exten­ded to the ent­i­re peri­phe­ry of a sys­tem. This in turn leads to the detec­tion of mani­pu­la­ti­ons so that sui­ta­ble coun­ter­mea­su­res can be taken in good time. The pro­tec­tion can be used fle­xi­b­ly with regard to size and application.

In 2018, we were awar­ded the Ger­man IT Secu­ri­ty Pri­ze of the Horst Görtz Foun­da­ti­on for the deve­lo­p­ment of the Enclo­sure PUF.

David Holin, Lars Steinschulte and Christian Zenger (f.l.t.r.) from PHYSEC during the talk at the 35C3 in Leipzig

Mis­sed the talk? Click here for the recording.


Innovations from Bochum: MIT Technology Review names Christian Zenger “Innovator under 35” in Europe!

Innovations from Bochum: MIT Technology Review names Christian Zenger “Innovator under 35” in Europe!

After we had the pleasure of receiving his award as “Innovator under 35” in Germany only in July, Dr. Christian Zenger has now received further recognition: He is one of the Europe-wide “innovators under 35”!

Innovators Under 35” is the world’s leading community of innovators, pioneers and social pioneers. Since its inception, MIT Technology Review has annually published the list of the most brilliant innovators under 35 years of age who are making groundbreaking advances and actively shaping their research areas. The European programme highlights the work of the most talented young technology leaders and strengthens the international innovation community. The innovators were selected by the jury from over 1000 candidates.

With PHYSEC, Christian Zenger creates a system that detects small changes in the signals of encryption devices and could thus ensure an impenetrable and above all secure Internet of Things. According to Mahvash Siddiqui, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer at the United States Embassy in London (United Kingdom) and member of the jury for innovators under 35 in Europe, the young German innovator shows an “impressive combination of entrepreneurial and scientific-technical skills” and develops a technology “with the potential to change the world”.

Innovators Under 35” is an annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The awards cover a wide range of areas, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transport, communications and the Internet. The Technology Review magazine is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It reports on technological innovations from various fields that have the potential to change the world.

More information on the innovators can be found here.