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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).

Following the motto "Comprehensible security in the networked world“, KASTEL addresses the challenges posed by the increasing interconnection of previously isolated systems. Of particular importance are the consequences of digitalization in the area of critical infrastructures, for example in the energy industry, in networked mobility or in industrial production.

KASTEL bundles the competencies in the field of IT security at the research location Karlsruhe. The goal is to develop a comprehensive approach instead of isolated partial solutions. The focus will be on comprehensive security in specific application areas, such as power grids, smart mobility, or intelligent factories.

To ensure this security, new threats must be modeled, security objectives described and new methods developed. This can only be achieved through collaboration between cryptographers, IT security specialists, software engineers, network experts, jurists, economists and social scientists - as is the case here at KASTEL.

KASTEL started in 2011 with a term of four years. After a successful evaluation in 2014, the term was extended by the BMBF, and after another successful scientific evaluation and a strategic assessment by the Helmholtz Association, it was finally decided to permanently fund KASTEL.

The KASTEL Institute of Information Security and Reliability at KIT, part of the KASTEL Security Research Labs, can be found here.



DIRECTIONS research project ahead of official launch on German television

The research project DIRECTIONS - Data Protection Certification for Educational Information Systems, which was launched on December 1 and is led by the Critical Information Infrastructures (cii) research group, was announced in a WDR broadcast even before its official start. The aim of the project group of Ali Sunyaev, Sebastian Lins and Philipp Danylak is the conceptual design, exemplary implementation and testing of a sustainable, applicable data protection certification for school information systems. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the University of Kassel and datenschutz cert GmbH and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Dr. Andy Raupp Member of the Jury for the CAST Sponsorship Award

Dr. Andy Raupp, Deputy Head of the SECAN Lab at the University of Luxembourg and Principal Investigator at KASTEL, was a member of the jury for this year's CAST Promotional Prize IT Security 2021, which was awarded for the 21st time at the digital event on November 25, 2021, and included prize money totaling 3,800 euros. The finalists were invited to present the results of their work to the interested public. The participants had the opportunity to question the innovation of the individual works and to convince themselves of the quality of the contributions. The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (CAST e.V.) offers services in the field of security of modern information technologies and is a contact for IT security issues.

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Jörn Müller-Quade co-author of a white paper of "Platform Lernende Systeme"

Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade, who together with Jessica Heesen heads the IT Security, Privacy, Law and Ethics working group of the "Plattform Lernende Systeme", has published a paper on the criticality of AI systems in their respective application contexts as part of this working group. The goal of the paper is to identify those AI systems that require regulation to ensure security and trustworthiness. The group refers to the criticality approach, on which an EU proposal for regulating AI systems is also based, with which they critically engage. The Learning Systems Platform is an expert network on the topic of artificial intelligence that aims to act as an independent broker to promote interdisciplinary exchange and social dialogue on AI.

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Jörn Müller-Quade speaks at VDMA event

Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade spoke on November 4 at an event organized by the VDMA on quantum leaps in mechanical engineering. Other participants and speakers included Dr. Carmen Kempka, alumni of the Cryptography and Security Working Group at KASTEL, Rouven Floeter, Global Product Manager Cybersecurity and Quantum-Safe at Hitachi Energy, and Dr. Wolfgang Klasen, head of the Embedded Security Research Group at Siemens. The event focused on IT security in the context of quantum computers and industry, with a focus on the mechanical engineering sector. Central topics of the panel discussion were the consequences and impact of quantum computers on different areas and possibilities to implement quantum safe systems in the future.

SECUSO is member of CAST

CAST stands for Competence Center for Applied Security Technology. CAST is a competence network, where knowledge about security technologies is communicated for all levels of knowledge. The competence center helps end users with information events, consulting, workshops and tutorials to better assess the use of security technologies. The SECUSO research group is now part of the network.

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New Paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research

The paper "Security Engineering of Patient-Centered Health Care Information Systems in Peer-to-Peer Environments: Systematic Review" by Imrana Abduallahi Yari, Tobias Dehling, Felix Kluge, Jürgen Geck, Bjoern Eskofier and Ali Sunyaev has been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In this paper, the authors use a systematic literature review to examine how to overcome the inherent security issues of peer-to-peer patient-centered health care information systems (PHS). The security problems of using PHS in peer-to-peer networks are identified, different peer-to-peer architectures are investigated and a suitable architecture for use in PHS is proposed.

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