Secure communication in the Internet of Things

Identify vulnerabilities and take action

Cyber Security for IoT-applications

Why Cyber Security in the Internet of Things?

Cybercrime is booming! € 500 billion is the estimated annual cybercrime damage worldwide.

The importance of IT and cyber security is steadily increasing with the digitization of all areas of life, work and business. Due to the use of the internet for more and more processes and tasks in administration and companies, but also in the private sector, we depend to a high degree on functioning information technology and secure information infrastructures. Ensuring security on the WWW and protecting critical information infrastructures have become existential issues of the 21st century, requiring a high level of engagement from all stakeholders. The networks are growing together worldwide so that cyberattacks in other countries can also have an impact on IT security in Germany.

Security in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is merging the real with the digital world. As a result, the previous, reliable barrier between these worlds disappears more and more, so that cyberattacks can have real effects in everyday or professional life. Due to the frameworks of constrained resources in cyber-physical systems on the Internet of Things or in sensor networks, traditional security mechanisms and techniques, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems or anti-virus software, cannot be used.

Protective measures for wireless devices

Because of their capabilities, and especially their connectivity to computer networks or the Internet, wireless devices are potentially exposed to cyber and hacker attacks. The frameworks imposed by the limited resources typically have a direct impact on the IT security of these systems. Proven and partially standardized approaches and procedures can often not be applied and the guarantee of the protection goals must be adapted to the specific circumstances.

The topic "embedded systems, mobile security and Internet of Things" therefore covers the entire development process from design through to testing and certification of components.

The topic "embedded systems, mobile security and Internet of Things" therefore covers the entire development process from design through to testing and certification of components.

Cyber security learning lab of the Fraunhofer Academy

The Cyber Security learning lab of the Fraunhofer Academy is a collaboration between Fraunhofer and selected universities of applied sciences. Specialists and executives from industry and public administration receive a compact qualification in high-quality laboratories with latest IT infrastructure. They investigate real threat scenarios, learn their significance and consequences, and study suitable solution concepts in their practical application and efficiency. Through the establishment of the cyber security learning laboratory and the networking of the further training offer of various partner consortia, users and decision-makers are addressed.

Modules are offered in the following topics:

– »Industrial Production / Industry 4.0«

– »Critical Infrastructure / Application Energy and Water Infrastructures«

– »High Security and Emergency Response«

– »Internet Security and IT Forensics«

– »Software Quality / Product Qualification«

– »Embedded Systems, Mobile Security and Internet of Things«

 

Embedded Systems, Mobile Security and Internet of Things

The subject area "Embedded Systems, Mobile Security and Internet of Things" therefore covers the entire development process from design to testing and certification of components. Emphasis will be placed on security and privacy requirements in the design process, security techniques with specific hardware support, security measures for hardware and software implementation of security features of embedded systems, and secure interaction of components in complex scenarios.

Our research topics

  • Secure networking of systems
  • Application-oriented security concepts
  • Security Usability - tailor-made security
  • Key Exchange and Management: Energy efficient and resource efficient
  • Secure authentication and identification in the Internet of Things

Our offer

We deal with integrated security of networked and distributed systems in the IoT. For this purpose, we are researching secure narrowband communication channels, especially for industrial processes.

  • Technology consulting and development in cyber security
  • Reliable security concepts along the information paths
  • Securing the complete system: From the sensor to the cloud

IT security of wireless communication systems

The challenge: Vulnerabilities in modern communication systems
   

Meanwhile almost every area of daily life needs modern communication systems. Reliable communication systems are essential for a functioning economy and our closely networked society. The Internet of Things (IoT) estimates that by 2020 approximately 50 billion devices will be integrated into our everyday lives. Especially wireless communication systems are in demand because they are easy to install and available on mobile devices. Thus, e.g. production data can be intercepted and processes can be disturbed or even manipulated. 

The solution: Building a sense of security for protective countermeasures

Fraunhofer Academy

The Fraunhofer Academy is the further education institution of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and is addressed to specialists and executives interested in further education interested in technology-driven companies.

Learning Lab Cyber Security

The cyber security learning lab is a collaboration between Fraunhofer and selected universities of applied sciences. Specialists and executives receive a compact qualification in high-quality laboratories with latest IT infrastructure.

Press Release

Necessary protective measures for the IoT, however, can not simply be taken from classic IT security, but must be adapted to wireless communication.

Seminar: IT security of wireless communication systems