Scientific cooperations

To fur­ther expand our tech­no­lo­gi­cal lead and exper­ti­se in the area of IT secu­ri­ty, we are invol­ved in various rese­arch pro­jects and work clo­se­ly with uni­ver­si­ties and scientists.

The Horst Görtz Insti­tu­te for IT Secu­ri­ty is an inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry rese­arch insti­tu­te of the Ruhr Uni­ver­si­ty with more than 200 sci­en­tists. With over 200 publi­ca­ti­ons at the most important IT secu­ri­ty and cryp­to­gra­phy con­fe­ren­ces, the HGI is one of the most suc­cess­ful rese­arch insti­tu­tes worldwide.

In an inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch pro­ject with Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, we are inves­ti­ga­ting the phy­si­cal inte­gri­ty of silos in the con­text of nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment. For this pur­po­se, the envi­ron­ment is scan­ned with elec­tro­ma­gne­tic waves to crea­te a fin­ger­print of the environment.

On an inter­na­tio­nal level, we are rese­ar­ching with Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty in a pro­ject to deri­ve so-cal­led “Vir­tu­al Pro­ofs of Rea­li­ty” to for­mu­la­te prova­ble state­ments about the phy­si­cal envi­ron­ment. This know­ledge is also used for nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment, among other things, to ensu­re that a nuclear wea­pon remains in place.

As a spin-off of the Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum and the HGI, we con­ti­nue to be invol­ved in various rese­arch pro­jects and work clo­se­ly with cryp­to­graph­ers and infor­ma­ti­on theo­rists, among others. 

Tog­e­ther with the TU Kai­sers­lau­tern, we are inves­ti­ga­ting the robust­ness against the poten­ti­al­ly dan­ge­rous pro­cess and sys­tem degra­dati­on wit­hin clas­si­cal auto­ma­ti­on sys­tems. In par­ti­cu­lar, the resi­li­ent archi­tec­tu­re to redu­ce the impact of safe­ty-cri­ti­cal inci­dents will be inves­ti­ga­ted in more detail. 

With TU Ber­lin, we are inves­ti­ga­ting ways to avoid bot­t­len­ecks in the trans­fer of data via data cen­ters and to impro­ve the effi­ci­en­cy of data transmission.

When designing auto­ma­ti­on pro­ces­ses, incre­a­sing atten­ti­on must be paid to the func­tio­n­al safe­ty of the sys­tems. Tog­e­ther with TUM, we are inves­ti­ga­ting how the avai­la­bi­li­ty and safe­ty of pro­cess plants can be fur­ther impro­ved through resi­li­ent design.

To relie­ve data cen­ters of the cloud, a secu­re Fog lay­er is being imple­men­ted tog­e­ther with the FU Ber­lin, which repres­ents the inter­face bet­ween the end devices and the cloud. The data exchan­ge, which is inde­pen­dent of data cen­ters, is inten­ded to pro­vi­de a secu­re and fle­xi­ble basis for the Inter­net of Things.

The Max Planck Insti­tu­te for Secu­ri­ty and Pri­va­cy, based in Bochum, rese­ar­ches and deve­lo­ps tech­ni­cal foun­da­ti­ons of IT secu­ri­ty and data pro­tec­tion. In doing so, it covers theo­re­ti­cal and empi­ri­cal aspects in both tech­ni­cal and inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry fiel­ds such as social sci­en­ces, eco­no­mics, and law.

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