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March 16, 2015

Encryption for everyone

Researchers develop an easy-to-use encryption software

© Fraunhofer SIT
© Fraunhofer SIT

In the wake of the revelations that intelligence agencies have been engaged in mass surveillance activities, both industry and society at large  are looking for practicable encryption solutions that protect businesses and individuals. Previous technologies have failed in practice because they were too expensive or not user friendly enough. Fraunhofer has launched an open initiative called “Volksverschlüsselung” with the aim of bringing end-to-end encryption to the masses. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting a prototype of their easy-to-use software and the infrastructure concept behind it at CeBIT 2015 (Hall 9, Booth E40).


February 17, 2014

Computer Scientist Eric Bodden is the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Laureate 2014

Fraunhofer researcher and Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt receives the most prestigious German sponsorship award for young scientists

Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden. Bild: Katrin Binner
Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden. Bild: Katrin Binner

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft(DFG) is awarding the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize 2014 to Professor Dr. Eric Bodden (33). DFG is honoring the computer scientist’s exceptional scientific achievements in the secure software development field.


July 2, 2013

Success for Hesse: 5 years CASED

On the 2nd of July the research alliance for IT security CASED celebrated it´s 5th anniversary. The CASED members celebrated this special day together with the Science Minister Eva Kühne-Hörmann, the Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch and further guests of honor in the Georg Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus.

Since it was founded in 2008, the LOEWE-center „Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt“(CASED) has successfully implemented and exceeded the goals of the Hessian LOEWE excellence initiative:

About 200 researchers develop innovative IT security solutions, they have expanded the educational offer in the field of the IT security in Darmstadt, they have established new jobs and have initiated new large-scale research projects. Furthermore they attracted IT enterprises to the IT security hub Darmstadt and hired top researchers.

The community as well as the economy benefits from the results such as enhanced privacy protection with the facebook privacy watcher or through the secure access control with smartphones thanks to Key2Share.


July 1, 2013

New face for Software Security Research

Eric Bodden takes on Fraunhofer professorship at Technische Universität Darmstadt – Fraunhofer SIT develops tools to analyze program codes

Dr. Eric Bodden, expert in the development of Secure Software became professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt. He works at the faculty of Computer Science, where he increases the interaction of basic research and applied siences.

At the same time he works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt, where he recently took the lead of the new department ‘Secure Software Engineering’. There the researchers generate methods and tools for the analysis of software and support enterprises to proof and improve their software security, in fast and inexpensive ways. “With the new professorship, the Fraunhofer SIT is extending it´s leading role in the field of Secure Engineering in Europe”, says Prof. Michael Waidner, director of Fraunhofer SIT. 

May 15, 2013

German and Austrian Broadcasters Analyze SmartTV Users

Data transfer starts without users’ knowledge

Darmstadt/Bonn, 15 May 2013. Computer scientists from the Technische Universität Darmstadt demonstrated that broadcasting stations are able to evaluate their viewers’ behaviour without them realizing it when using web-enabled TV sets. At the Deutscher IT-Sicherheitskongress, organized by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the CASED (Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt) researchers presented the results from their work.


March 12, 2013

Scientists from CASED and EC SPRIDE Receive Two Google Awards

More privacy online I Identification of spyware on the smartphone

Stop: Informatiker machen es Nutzerinnen und Nutzern einfach, ihre Privatsphäre zu schützen. Bild: Paul Glogowski

Darmstadt, the 12th of March, 2013. In February 2013, TU Darmstadt was the only German University to receive together with its’ partner universities two Google Faculty Research Awards. Google is funding two promising IT security projects from the Computer Science Department with 150,000 USD.


February 25, 2013

Stopping Malware faster

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt and Westfälische Hochschule start research project

Press Release as PDF

Darmstadt/Frankfurt am Main/Gelsenkirchen.Researcher of the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt and scientists of the Institution of Internet Security (if(is)) of Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen join forces in the research project “Institutional Network and Service Provider Anomaly Inspection” (INSAIN).

In this project the researchers want to develop new methods to detect anomalies in data traffic, that are provoked by attacks on internet service providers and enterprise networks. The project aims to identify malware and botnets more rapidly to stop them before causing any damage. For the first time, the researchers will evaluate data from provider and company networks together.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports INSAIN with about one Million Euro, 265.000 Euro are investing partnercompanies like “1&1 Internet AG”.

November 29, 2012

Award ceremony of the first “German IT security award for SMEs” in Darmstadt

About 160 guests from industry, science and politics attended the award ceremony of the first „German IT Security Award for small and medium sized enterprises“ at the IHK (ICC) Darmstadt on November 29th, 2012.


November 29, 2012

4th German IT Security Award 2012

Horst Görtz Foundation bestows highest-paying award for IT security solutions

For the fourth time the Horst Görtz Foundation has awarded the most valuable German IT security award. An expert jury selects the best application-related innovations in the field of IT security, cryptography, system and network security, and defence against cyber-attacks for this biannual prize. Michael Hange, the President of the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, supports this award. For the first time the award will be presented this year together with the German IT Security Award for SME. 


November 26, 2012

On Cloud Nine

TU Darmstadt computer scientist Mira Mezini receives 2.3-million-Euro ERC Advanced Grant

Press Release as PDF

TU-Darmstadt computer-science
professor Mira Mezini has been honored with the European Union’s
best-endowed research award, an “Advanced Grant” of 2.3 million
Euros conferred by the European Research Council (ERC). She intends to use the funding for basic research into the programming of
software that will be fit for the “cloud.”


November 15, 2012

Hessian Minister Eva Kuehne-Hoermann celebrates Fraunhofer SIT extension

Fraunhofer SIT celebrates foundation stone laying - The construction of the 18 million building in Darmstadt runs in time.

On November 15th, the Hessian State Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Eva Kühne-Hörmann laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the Fraunhofer Institution of Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt. From 2014 on, around 170 Researchers are expected to develop new IT-Security solutions in their  functional and aesthetic new environment.

November 14, 2012

Big in Taiwan

Johannes Buchmann awarded Taiwan´s highest scientific honors

C.Y. Cyrus Chu awards Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann the Tsungming Tu-Award 2012

Darmstadt/Taipeh, November 14th, 2012. Today, Johannes Buchmann, Professor at the Computer Science Department of TU Darmstadt and vice director of CASED, received the  „Tsungming Tu-Award“ 2012 for his research achievments. The award is assigned by the taiwanesen National Science Council (NSC). Endowed with 75.000 US Dollar it is the highest taiwanese distinction for foreign researchers. The NSC ist comparable to the German Research Foundation (Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

November 13, 2012

TU Darmstadt most successful University at the Software Campus 2012

19 young TU researcher receive exclusive funding as future IT-executive manager by the industry and the federal Ministry for education and research (BMBF) – nationwide 69 excellent Master and postgraduate students has been chosen

Nineteen postgraduates of TU Darmstadt were admitted to the Software Campus of the year 2012, because of their distinguished qualifications and their innovative project ideas. The excellent new  talents do research at the department of Informatics and Electrical Engineering, 15 of them in study groups, that are committed to the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) too.

November 8, 2012

More privacy for Germany’s Internet surfers

Fraunhofer SIT publishes Tracking Protection List for more data protection while surfing – the majority of the most popular websites in Germany now integrate trackers

Darmstadt, 7 November 2012: The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology has created a Tracking Protection List for Microsoft Internet Explorer, which prevents Internet surfers from being monitored without them knowing it. Trackers collect information in the background on the sites Internet users visit. The Tracking Protection List (TPL) protects users of Internet Explorer 9 against common tracker methods. The list primarily focuses on trackers that utilize tracking methods on the most popular websites in Germany. The TPL can be found at www.sit.fraunhofer.de/tpl, where it can be downloaded for free.


October 15, 2012

Facebook Privacy Settings at your fingertips

“Traffic light” tool allows users to check and readily change settings governing access to their Facebook entries

Darmstadt, October 15th, 2012. Simple, but effective: A plug-in developed at the TU‑Darmstadt for Mozilla Firefox, a widely used Internet browser, allows Facebook users to check their privacy settings at a glance and readily change them.


July 11, 2012

Self defense for smartphones

Claude Shannon Fellow is awarded 830,000 Euro to establish a new Emmy-Noether Group

Dr. Eric Bodden is establishing the new Emmy Noether-Gruppe RUNSECURE

Darmstadt, 11.07.2012. Dr. Eric Bodden of the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE) at TU Darmstadt is awarded 830.000 Euro by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to establish a new research group in the renowned Emmy Noether Pro-gram. Within the research project RUNSECURE, set to last five years, among other things, the group will develop methods that will allow end users to reliably recognize and prevent attacks by malicious apps on smartphones.


July 5, 2012

Fraunhofer SIT Gets Extension

IT Security Research Center for 18 million euros

Spatenstich am Fraunhofer SIT (v.l.n.r:): Staatssekretär im Hessischen Minsterium für Wissenschaft und Kunst Ingmar Jung, Fraunhofer-Vorstand Dr. Alexander Kurz, Institutsleiter des Fraunhofer SIT Prof. Michael Waidner, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Darmstadt Jochen Partsch, SEHW-Architekt Xaver Egger. © Fraunhofer

Today the 18-million euro extension of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology was launched. In a festive ceremony the Hessian State Secretary of Science Ingmar Jung, Darmstadt Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch and Fraunhofer Personnel Director Dr. Alexander Kurz celebrated the ground-breaking with Fraunhofer SIT Director Prof. Michael Waidner and about 100 guests from politics, economy and research.


June 25, 2012

Same weakness found in 7 cloud storage services

Cloud storage services allow registration using false e-mail addresses – Fraunhofer SIT sees the possibility for espionage and malware distribution

Security experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Darmstadt have discovered that numerous cloud storage service providers do not check the e-mail addresses provided during the registration process. This fact in combination with functions provided by these service providers, such as file sharing or integrated notifications, result in various possibilities for attacks. For example, attackers can bring malware into circulation or spy out confidential data.


May 24, 2012

Intel and TU Darmstadt launch joint research institute for Secure Computing

The semiconductor manufacturer Intel and the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt have opened the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC). This institute is the first Intel research center for IT security outside the USA and will be located at the Center for Advanced Security Research in Darmstadt (CASED). Research focuses on the security of embedded systems and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.


May 9, 2012

SecureCloud 2012 in Frankfurt

Global Leaders Address Top Emerging Issues on Cloud Security and Privacy. Co-hosted by the CSA, ENISA, ISACA, CASED, and the Fraunhofer Institute SIT, the Industry’s Only European Conference on Cloud Security Will Highlight Mobile and Policy Aspects of Cloud Computing Security

Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi sieht großen Bedarf an innovativen Lösungen. Fraunhofer SIT / CASED

How will changes in European data protection regulation affect cloud providers and users? How will forensics look like in the Cloud? These are some of the topics discussed by 250 experts from science, industry and politics at the SecureCloud Conference 2012 from May 9-10, 2012 in Frankfurt. SecureCloud 2012 is the premier European educational and networking event on cloud computing security and privacy. This year, the agenda is set to arm participants with information, guidance and recommendations on the most important issues in cloud security including mobile, legal and policy. The event is co-hosted and organized by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), the Center for Advanced Security Research (CASED), the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information technology and the worldwide association of IS professionals ISACA.


February 28, 2012

Airbag for Smartphones

CeBIT 2012: Fraunhofer SIT presents security solution for smartphones – BizzTrust for Android protects corporate data and pleases users

Fraunhofer SIT and the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) will be presenting a new version of BizzTrust, the user-friendly security solution for smartphones, at CeBIT. BizzTrust protects business data and services on Android smartphones without restricting the ability to use the device privately. The new version also allows private and business contacts to be synchronised separately, and all private activities are highlighted in a different colour. BizzTrust will be demonstrated at CeBIT in Hannover from the 6th to 10th of March (hall 26, stand E08). Any companies interested in the solution will be able to obtain a test version from Fraunhofer SIT following the trade fair. A demo video on BizzTrust is also available on the Internet at http://www.bizztrust.de/en/demo.html.


November 1, 2011

German IT Security Prize 2012 – call for participation

Horst Görtz-Foundation awards 200.000 to applied IT Security solutions

The Horst Görtz-Foundation calls for participation in the competition for the 4th German IT Security Prize. The prestigious award is endowed with the highest prize money for applied IT security solutions in Germany: a total of 200.000 Euro is distributed between three winners, chosen from ten nominees. The Jury is looking for ideas and concepts from the areas of IT security, cryptography, system and network security and cyber defense.

Developers or scientists from companies and research institutes are invited to participate; the leading applicant has to be working or studying in Germany. CASED is organizing the competition and hosting the award ceremony on November 29th, 2012 in Darmstadt.

Registration deadline: February 14th, 2012

Deadline for short proposal: February 29th, 2012

Further information (in German only) at: www.horst-goertz.de/it_preis.html

Darmstadt, August 5, 2011

MONA makes the new personal ID card mobile

Researchers at the TU Darmstadt are turning mobile phones into card readers with the help of an innovative application

Scientists at the TU Darmstadt in the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) have developed the first mobile eID application, which is called “MONA”, for the new personal ID cards. Instead of a computer and card reader, users with the new personal ID cards will only need a modern smartphone in future for providing secure electronic identification. The scientists are hoping to release the first version of this software, which was developed within the scope of a project initiated by Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in cooperation with T-Systems and the company media transfer AG, over the next few months during the course of an open source project. They then want to further develop the application for different kinds of smartphones, such as Android mobiles, together with programmers who interested in getting involved.


June 27, 2011

The success story continues - Hessen extends CASED support until 2014

The LOEWE center for IT security in Darmstadt is among the winners of the second phase of the excellence program

Press Release as PDF

The State of Hessen is extending its support of the LOEWE Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) until 2014. The Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts confirmed that the research center for IT security will receive a further 13.4 million euros over the next three years. Experts and politicians have therefore corroborated the immense success of CASED, which is currently one of the largest research centers for IT security in Europe with around 170 scientists from a wide range of disciplines.


June 21, 2011

Double success for IT security

Scientists from Technische Universität Darmstadt receive Heisenberg and Horst Görtz Foundation Professorships

Press Release as PDF

Prof. Dr. Marc Fischlin

Two scientists at CASED, the research center for IT security in Darmstadt, were awarded highly coveted sponsorship for their outstanding accomplishments: Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser assumed his Horst Görtz Foundation professorship on May 1, 2011. Dr. Marc Fischlin has held the Heisenberg professorship at the TU Darmstadt since June 2011. 


June 20, 2011

Careless Behaviour of Cloud Users Leads to Crucial Security Threats

CASED scientists find sensitive data of Amazon Web Services users

Press Release as PDF

Scientists from the Darmstadt Research Center for Advanced Security (CASED) have discovered major security vulnerabilities in numerous virtual machines published by customers of Amazon’s cloud. From 1100 public Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), that are used to provide cloud services, about 30 percent are vulnerable, allowing attackers to manipulate or compromise web services or virtual infrastructures. The main reason lies in the careless and error-prone manner in which Amazon’s customers handle and deploy AMIs. CASED scientists have developed a vulnerability scanner for virtual machines that customers create to run on Amazon’s infrastructure. It can be freely downloaded at http://trust.cased.de/AMID.


February 28, 2011

TU Darmstadt awarded with funding for Competency Center for IT Security Research

Center “EC-SPRIDE“ will focus on Security and Privacy by Design

Press Release as PDF

Ziel des neuen Kompetenzzentrums „EC-SPRIDE“: Umfassende Sicherheit und Schutz für den Nutzer. Bild: Katrin Binner
Picture: Katrin Binner

The Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) has been awarded with funding to establish the competency center “EC-SPRIDE” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The new center’s objective is protecting information technology users against fraud, misuse, sabotage and spying.


February 4, 2011

Two years: LOEWE Research Center CASED

Press Release as PDF

Pressemeldung als PDF

An ever-increasing number of applications are demanding increasingly complex IT security solutions – personal data needs to be protected against unauthorized access, our computers need protecting against malware, and corporate secrets need to remain a secret. In order to meet these challenges, the Minister for Science and the Arts in Hessen, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, opened the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) two years ago


December 9, 2010

Security for the “eye in the sky”

CASED develops secure communication and image processing for flying models

Aerial pictures of large sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, provide television viewers with spectacular perspectives. Scientists at the TU Darmstadt in the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) have developed a flying model that may enable television channels to dispense with real helicopters in future.


December 2, 2010

New security technology tested in courts of law

Realistic negotiations predict the effects of future security technologies

Computer scientists from the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) will participate in simulated court cases together with judges, lawyers and legal experts on Thursday and Friday (2.-3.12.) in Darmstadt. The simulation of various legal cases should enable the experts to gather experience with current and future technologies in a realistic and protected environment, while both the technology and the legal rules are still capable of being shaped.


November 3, 2010

Hacking also needs to be learned

The TU Darmstadt utilizes hacker methods in its IT security course/usd AG from Langen funds doctoral scholarship

During the so-called “Hacker Apprenticeship” at the TU Darmstadt, students learn the latest methods and strategies that are being used by computer hackers. The “Hacker Apprenticeship”, which is part of the Master’s Degree in IT security, should help the graduates to block real hacker attacks in future.


Darmstadt, April 21, 2010

New Master’s Program in “IT Security” at the TU Darmstadt

Invitation to an informational event on May 4, 2010

Persons interested in the new Master’s Degree in IT Security at the TU Darmstadt can obtain further information during an informational event on May 4, 2010. The demand for qualified IT security specialists is great, as the IT security sector continues to grow, even during periods of economic crisis. Applications for the winter semester can be submitted from May 1. to July 15.


Darmstadt, November 17, 2009

Darmstadt researcher receives award

Dissertation paper on the security of electronic voting systems praised

Melanie Volkamer, a computer scientist from Darmstadt, receives the Koblenz University Prize for her dissertation on the IT security of electronic voting systems. Dr. Volkamer performed postdoctoral research at the Darmstadt University of Technology and the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), an IT security research cluster in Darmstadt.


Darmstadt, September 17, 2009

Art at CASED

Kongruenzen, von Börje Müller

Photography exhibition on the 23. September 2009

The Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) is inviting visitors to view the work of the photographer Börje Müller during a vernissage on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.


Darmstadt, September 17, 2009

Software Cluster picks up momentum

State issues grant to the IHK / Financing for the development of the Cluster in the region secured for three years

The Software Cluster Rhein Main Neckar, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar, The Darmstadt University of Technology (TU) and corporate partners have been provided with a secure financial basis for the next three years: the spokespersons of the Software Cluster, Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann from the TU Darmstadt and Dr. Roland Lentz from the IHK Darmstadt, received confirmation of their grant in the amount of 345,000 Euros on Thursday, September 17, 2009, from the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transport and Urban and Rural Development. Steffen Saebisch (FDP), State Secretary of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, handed over the official confirmation.


Darmstadt/Bonn, August 20, 2009

Secure encryption for electronic ID cards

Researchers from CASED and the BSI provide proof of the security provided by the PACE procedure

In the future, communication between electronic ID cards and scanners will be protected using, amongst other things, the encryption procedure “Password-Authentication-Connection-Establishment (PACE)”. The research group of Marc Fischlin at the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), together with the experts Jens Bender and Dennis Kügler from the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI), has proven that PACE provides the highest level of security, from a cryptographic perspective. The results will be presented during the International Information Security Conference 2009 in Pisa.


Darmstadt, June 5, 2009

IT security location Darmstadt

CASED and the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI) seal their collaboration with a cooperation agreement.

The Darmstadt University of Technology and the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI) have concluded a cooperation agreement in order to intensify their successful collaboration. This cooperation will be implemented in the Science, Research and Training departments of the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED).

Increase the level of IT security in German society

The scientists from CASED and experts from the BSI will work together on research projects in order to increase IT security levels in German society. The Darmstadt University of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT are already successfully working together with the BSI, for example, on the development of electronic ID cards.


Darmstadt, June 5, 2009

IT security: Promoting dialog

First ISPRAT Science Day at CASED in Darmstadt

On Thursday, 25. June 2009, members of “Forschungsgemeinschaft für Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Politik, Recht Administration und Technologie (ISPRAT – Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Politics, Legal Administration and Technology) got together for the first ISPRAT Science Day at CASED – the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt. The objective of this get-together was to promote dialog between ISPRAT members and experts from the areas of science, business and administration and provide those scientists, who are receiving support from ISPRAT, with the opportunity to present their projects to the research community.


Darmstadt, June 3, 2009

„Security against Quantum Mechanical Adversaries"

The CASED Distinguished Lecture Series at TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Renato Renner, ETH Zürich

On Thursday, 4th June 2009 Professor Renato Renner from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich informs about „Security against Quantum Mechanical Adversaries”. His talk is part of the CASED Distinguished Lecture Series and it is held from 4.15 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. in room C110 of the Piloty-building S2|02), Hochschulstraße 10.


Darmstadt, November 5, 2008

TU successful in LOEWE-Excellence Sponsorship

This coming Friday, November 7, official notification for the Hessian Excellence sponsorship will be presented by Minister Silke Lautenschläger in a ceremony. At the same time, the ceremony is the kick-off for the new security center CASED.

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Darmstadt, October 24, 2008

TU researchers awarded for innovative signature algorithm

Buchmann and Dahmen successful at the German IT Security Prize

Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann and Erik Dahmen from the department of theoretical informatics at the TU Darmstadt were awarded second place in the German IT Security Prize today October 24. The award is connected with 60,000 euros prize money.
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