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.