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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.




The humanoid robot STAR of the SECUSO research group welcomes guests to the Today I Learned (TIL) Festival which will take place 18-21th of May in the Triangle at the Kronenplatz, Karlsruhe. Guests can speak to STAR to learn about phishing messages and spotting dangerous links in fraudulent messages. STAR presents his skills on our Teams’ webpage. STAR is looking forward to the exchange!

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Melanie Volkamer presents results at the "Dialog für Cybersicherheit"

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Melanie Volkamer presented the results of workstream 4 (effective IT security awareness measures) of the project “Dialog für Cyber-Sicherheit” (Dialogue for cybersecurity). Within the project, which is organized by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), representatives from society entered the dialogue with different stakeholders from academia, culture and media, economy as well as politics. Within five “workstreams”, different topics were discussed. Workstream 4 was supported by Melanie Volkamer (SECUSO) and Angela Sasse (Ruhr University Bochum). The goal of this workstream was to develop guidelines for creating effective awareness measures.

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Cyber Day 2022

On May 4, 2022, the Cyber Day took place in Karlsruhe, where researchers from KIT, IOSB, and Siemens exchanged ideas on cybersecurity topics in the field of critical infrastructures with a focus on energy and production. With more than 30 participants, it laid a foundation for future collaboration. Speakers were Ghada Elbez (KASTEL/IAI), Ingmar Baumgart (KASTEL/FZI), Christian Haas (KASTEL/IOSB), and Martin Lerg and Miguel Martins (Remote Expert Center, Siemens Energy). Anne Borcherding impressed the jury and participants with her paper "Bringing Light Into the Darkness: Improving Black-Box Security Testing by Exploiting Existing Information" and won the Best Paper Award endowed with 1,000 euros.

KASTEL at the Campus Day

On May 14, the Campus Day for prospective students will take place at KIT. The KIT faculties will present their study programs and offer, among other things, hands-on activities, experiments, and guided tours. On that day, Jörn Müller-Quade and Marcel Tiepelt of KASTEL will give 30-minute guided tours through the hardware laboratory and present various exhibits. They will also provide insights into cryptography and answer questions about it and about studying computer science.

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KA-IT-Si-Event "Who owns my Smartphone?"

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6 pm the next event of the Karlsruhe IT Security Initiative (KA-IT-Si) will take place on the topic of "Smartphone Hacking: A Brief History of Vulnerable Cyborgs". Using attack trees and live hacking demonstrations, speakers Armin Harbrecht and Maximilian Stauß will show how smartphones are attacked. This understanding is the basis for effective protective measures. Only online participation is still possible.

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Peter Mayer and Anne Hennig present INSPECTION at the BSI

Dr. Peter Mayer and Anne Hennig will present the research project INSPECTION as part of the internal event series “DVS Open” at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) on May 17, 2022. “DVS” is the German abbreviation for digital consumer protection (“Digitaler Verbraucherschutz”). Peter Mayer and Anne Hennig will present the goals and current research results of the INSPECTION project. The goal of the project is to identify hacked websites, inform affected website owners about the security vulnerability and raise awareness for the problem to minimize the risk of future attacks.