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Welcome to KASTEL Security Research Labs

The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL) is a competence center for cyber security initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Under the motto "Traceable Security in the Networked World", KASTEL addresses the challenges posed by the increasing interconnectedness previously isolated systems. Of particular importance are the consequences of digitalization in the area of critical infrastructures most notably for energy systems, future mobility and industrial production (Industrie 4.0)

KASTEL bundles competencies around IT security at the research location Karlsruhe. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive approach instead of isolated partial solutions focusing on comprehensive security solutions for

specific application areas, such as power grids, smart mobility or smart factories.

To ensure state-of-the-art security, new threats must be modeled, security goals described and new methods developed. At KASTEL, we achieve our goals through collaboration between cryptographers, IT security specialists, software engineers, network experts, lawyers, and economists.

Started in 2011, KASTEL was successfully evaluated by the BMBF in 2014. Since 2020, KASTEL is funded by the Helmholtz Association.

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Visit of the French Consul General at KASTEL SRL

On February 23, 2023, the French Consul General Gaël de Maisonneuve together with Science Attaché Hervé Martin visited the Competence Center for Cybersecurity KASTEL SRL at KIT. Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade introduced the interdisciplinary research of the competence center to the visitors. He also talked about the currently running German-French research project PROPOLIS - PRivacy fOr smart cities, which clearly illustrates the international cooperation in research. At the end of the visit, KASTEL researchers presented the practical application of research results by means of some demonstrators to Monsieur de Maisonneuve and Monsieur Martin.


Data treasure and data protection

On January 31, Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Starck-Watzinger visited the steering committee of the "Learning Systems Platform," which was launched in 2017 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Academy of Science and Engineering acatech. There, experts from science, industry and society create an understanding of how AI works, its application fields and its impact through their interdisciplinary work. Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade from the KASTEL Security Research Labs at KIT and head of a working group of the platform gave a keynote speech on the partly critical relation between data use and data protection during the minister's visit. In the talk, he contrasted technical and legal approaches to data protection-compliant and public good-oriented use for AI systems.

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Paper accepted at TOCHI

The paper "Awareness, Intention, (In)Action: Individuals’ Reactions to Data Breaches" by Peter Mayer, Yixin Zou, Byron M. Lowens, Hunter A. Dyer, Khue Le, Florian Schaub, and Adam J. Aviv was accepted for publication in the journal ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). The study is a follow-up to the USENIX paper "'Now I'm a bit angry:' Individuals' Awareness, Perception, and Responses to Data Breaches that Affected Them" from 2021. The main survey in which the authors presented participants with up to three breaches that affected them, was complemented with a follow-up survey in which the authors investigated whether the main study participants followed through with their intentions to act. 

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Tandem Fellowship for Prof. Steffen Becker and Prof. Anne Koziolek

Prof. Steffen Becker, University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Anne Koziolek, Competence Center for Cybersecurity KASTEL at KIT, received a Tandem Fellowship from the Stifterverband and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg.  They were looking for inspiring ideas on how digital university teaching can be innovatively designed and further developed. With the fellowships, the Stifterverband and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg aim to stimulate a lasting discussion that is both subject-related and cross-disciplinary. The joint project dealt with the transfer of an innovative programming education with mini programming worlds (TiPMin).

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7th Forum of Franco-German Research Cooperation

On Friday, December 09, 2022, at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris the 7th Forum on Franco-German Research Cooperation of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche took place. Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade as representative of the Competence Center KASTEL and the platform Learning Systems gave a keynote lecture on the topic "AI and Cybersecurity" in the context of the workshop "Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence: recognizing opportunities, identifying risks". The goal of the workshop was the development of a roadmap for further research collaborations, based on the status of previous and important future topics in the fields of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Safety in our virtual space

On December 06, 2022, the acatech theme conference on Safety and Security took place online.

The event with invited guests from industry and science was moderated and organized by Jan Wörner, president of acatech, and Jörn Müller-Quade, the topic network speaker for safety from the KASTEL Institute at KIT. In lectures and discussions, they dealt with the challenge of merging the digital world with the reality. Protection against cyber attacks and ensuring operational security in the economy were highlighted and networked at the conference.