ESS - Engineering Secure Systems (Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft)

The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL) is one of three competence centers for cyber security in Germany as was established in 2011. Since 2021, it is meeting the challenges posed by the increasing interconnection of previously isolated systems as Subtopic “Engineering Secure Systems” (ESS) of the Research Field Information (Key Technologies) of the Helmholtz Association. Of particular importance are the consequences of digitalization in the area of critical infrastructures, for example in the energy economy, in industrial production or networked mobility. ESS bundles the competencies in the field of IT security at the research location Karlsruhe. The goal is to develop a widespread approach instead of isolated partial solutions. The focus will be on comprehensive security in specific application areas, such as power grids or intelligent factories.

The KASTEL research group „Human & Societal Factors“ currently conducts its reseach in the following five areas: (1) IT security awareness measures; (2) design patterns for usable and effective IT security interventions; (3) aspects of GDPR; (4) adaptive and usable authentication; and (5) explainablity of ML-based security ratings. The focus is therby to apply the developed solutions in energy, mobility, and production systems.

Project website

Research Group "Human and Societal Factors" Progress Report Q1/2021

Funding body: Helmholtz Association

Partners: Forschungszentrum Jülich, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik; Fraunhofer-Institut for Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung

Funding period: 2021 - 2027

Contact: Peter Mayer, Melanie Volkamer