SyncEnc - Fully synchronous editing of encrypted documents

Duration: since 02/01/2016

SyncEnc Collaborative editing, i.e. the joint work of several participants on a document via the Internet, is increasingly becoming a technical and organisational basis for working in a digital society. A major obstacle has been the protection of confidentiality, which is difficult to ensure with existing means. In particular, the desirable encryption of documents has not been implemented satisfactorily from a technical point of view, as existing approaches nullify significant advantages of an Office in the Cloud. This project intends to set a milestone in the development of technically simple technologies suitable for broad dissemination for encrypted collaborative work.


working group identity protection on the internet

The working group identity protection on the internet (a-i3) is a interdisciplinary working group made up of lawyers and engineers and focuses on aspects of identity theft and protection. Aside from an active cooperation with a large number of companies, institutes and authorities the working group maintains a web presence that is to serve as an information platform for citizens.


Safe Websites and Content Management Systems

Duration: 01.09.2016 till 31.10.2018 Siwecos SIWECOS stands for “Safe Websites and Content Management Systems” and helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to detect and fix security vulnerabilities on their websites.

One focus of the project is on concrete recommendations for action in the event of damage. A second strong focus is on raising awareness among SMEs in the field of cyber security. A vulnerability scanner regularly checks the server systems of a small or medium-sized company for known vulnerabilities, or checks the web applications installed on them for security vulnerabilities. All tools were developed in accordance with the principle of secure by design.


Horizon 2020 research project

Duration: since 05/31/2016

FutureTrust project will address the need for globally interoperable solutions through basic research with respect to the foundations of trust and trustworthiness, actively support the standardisation process in relevant areas, and provide Open Source software components and trustworthy services which will ease the use of eID and electronic signature technology in real world applications. In particular the FutureTrust project will extend the existing European Trusted List (TL) infrastructure towards a Global Trust List, develop a comprehensive Open Source Validation Service as well as a scalable Preservation Service for electronic signatures and seals and will provide components for the eID-based application for qualified certificates across borders, and for the trustworthy creation of remote signatures and seals in a mobile environment.


North Rhine Westphalian Experts in Research on Digitalization

Duration: since 09/15/2017

The research training group NERD (North Rhine-Westphalian Experts on Research in Digitalization) is funding researchers in IT-security at universities and universities of applied sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia to promote research in the area of Human Centered Systems Security. Young researchers from different locations and principle investigators are (often for the first time) cooperating on shared projects. Heart of the training group is the research in groups of two across universities. The Chair for Network and Data Security (NDS) engages in two NERD research projects: IT-Security of Smart Metering and Instant Messaging Protocols.