An important area ever since the emergence of networked IT, cyber security has become a prominent issue in our society as a result of digitization, which now pervades all areas of life. Cyber security is particularly important to German industry and needs to be addressed at a national level. A group of organizations has recognized this fact and is "promoting" CRISP - Darmstadt's Center for Research in Security and Privacy - to create a permanent national research center for applied cyber security. The organizations involved in this agreement are the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, TU Darmstadt and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. CRISP is also benefiting from support and funding from the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and HMWK (Hesse State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts).
The aim of CRISP is to address the major challenges of cyber security research in long-term, application-oriented missions. Among other things, it will examine how to reliably protect Germany's critical infrastructures such as power generation, drinking water supplies and transport systems. It is vital to devise means of ensuring the long-term protection of IT systems - including against threats associated with new technologies such as quantum computers. CRISP will therefore continuously and comprehensively map out the key application-oriented cyber security issues on the horizon and tackle these using a unique cooperation model that incorporates both university and non-university research. This cooperation will be designed to embrace absolutely every aspect - from the basic principles all the way through to technology transfer. It will involve the founding of new companies and an interdisciplinary approach covering IT, technology, legal/business sciences, psychology and ethics.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Website: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - CRISP