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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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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.

New encryption solutions increase data security

Researchers from the CISPA Helmholtz Centre for Information Security and the KASTEL Institute at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) handed over the results of their feasibility study on the topic of "Encrypted Computing" to the Agentur für Innovation in der Cybersicherheit (Cyberagentur) on Monday (21.11.2022).

In December 2021, the Cyberagentur had awarded its first tendered project on the topic of "Encrypted Computing" to the CISPA Helmholtz Centre for Information Security and to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), as subcontractors. A feasibility study was to identify potential "encrypted computing" applications that could be used in the future in the area of internal and external security. The main objective was to determine the security properties and to compare the performance of these procedures depending on their application scenarios.

Paper at NDSS 2023

The paper "Machine Unlearning of Features and Labels" by KASTEL PI TT.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wressnegger (KASTEL -- IntelliSec) and colleagues at TU Braunschweig was accepted at the 30th "Network and Distributed System Security Symposium" (NDSS). The developed method allows to remove sensitive data, e.g. credit card numbers or passwords, from a ML model without having to retrain it completely.

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Paper at IEEE S&P ("Oakland") 2023

The paper "Disguising Attacks with Explanation-Aware Backdoors" by KASTEL researchers Maximilian Noppel, Lukas Peter and TT.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wressnegger (KASTEL -- IntelliSec) was accepted at the 44th "IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy". The conference, also known simply as "Oakland", is the most prestigious academic event in the field of computer security and privacy.

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