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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.



BMBF project INSPECTION starts the new year with project meeting

On Friday, 14.01.2022, all partners and interested persons met for a fourth project meeting in the INSPECTION project. Results from forensic analyses of logfiles were presented by BDO AG. The KIT presented the results from qualitative interviews with website owners. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project partners are MindUp Web & Intelligence GmbH and BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. Dr. Peter Mayer and Anne Hennig, M.A., represent the SECUSO research group in the project.

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Opening ceremony for exhibition at ZKM available online

On December 18, 2021, the opening of the exhibition “Digiloglounge N°1: Wem können wir vertrauen” (Digiloglounge N°1: Whom to trust) took place in the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The video of the opening ceremony is now available. The exhibition shows the online game “Phishing Master” and the NoPhish quiz. Both materials were developed with or by the SECUSO research group. “Phishing Master” was developed by two students as part of the project digilog@bw, which is funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (MWK) in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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Paper accepted at Voting’22

The paper "German voters' attitudes towards voting online with a verifiable system" by Oksana Kulyk, Melanie Volkamer, Niklas Fuhrberg, Benjamin Berens and Robert Krimmer was accepted at the 7th Workshop on Advances in Secure Electronic Voting (Voting'22). Voting’22 will take place as an in-person event on February 18, 2022 in Grenada.

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Jörn Müller-Quade at an event of the Karlsruhe IT Security Initiative

Prof. Dr. Müller-Quade will speak on February 3 as one of three experts at the event "Willkommen bei den Quanten" of the Karlsruhe IT Security Initiative (KA-IT-SI) on the possible dangers of quantum computing for today's crypto technology. The expert talk, which will also feature Oliver Winzenried (WIBU-SYSTEMS) and Dirk Fox (Secorvo Security Consulting), will also discuss how quantum computers work and how serious the threat actually is for various security procedures. Participation is possible after prior registration both on-site with guided tour and buffet networking at WIBU-SYSTEMS and via livestream.

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Liebe Freund*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen von KASTEL,

Seit diesem Jahr ist das Kompetenzzentrum KASTEL verstetigt und unsere Forschung wird in weiten Teilen durch die Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft finanziert. Im KIT spiegelt sich dies durch neue Strukturen, so konnten wir ein KASTEL-Institut am KIT gründen.

Doch KASTEL soll 2022 mehr werden, als ein Topic in der Helmholtzförderung oder ein Institut am KIT. Dieses große gemeinsame Vorhaben möchten wir gerne gemeinsam mit Ihnen gestalten.

Bis dahin wünscht KASTEL Ihnen schöne Feiertage, Gesundheit und einen erfolgreichen Start ins neue Jahr!

Andy Rupp in the program committee of the ACM CCS

At the 29th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), KASTEL-PI Andy Rupp will participate as a member of the program committee.

The conference will be held in Los Angeles from November 14 - 19, 2022. Papers can still be submitted at this time.

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