Learning Labs Cybersecurity

Fraunhofer and a select group of universities have developed a modular concept for cybersecurity training. This collaborative approach enables the latest theoretical or practical research findings to be immediately incorporated into the teaching program. Students will work in modern laboratories equipped with simulation tools allowing real threat scenarios to be tested.

Embedded Systems, Mobile Security und Internet of Things

Partners are the Fraunhofer AISEC, the Fraunhofer IIS, the OTH - Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden and the Aalen University. The fast reduction of structure sizes in semiconductor technology allows the fabrication of increasingly powerful, energy-saving, and low-price microprocessors. Small micro-controllers can nowadays be found in more and more devices of daily life, like cars or mobile phones. These so-called embedded systems perform various sophisticated and sometimes safety-critical tasks. Failures of these systems have an immediate impact on our real live. These systems impose high requirements on safety and reliability..

High-security and emergency response facilities

This cooperation is dedicated to techniques, procedures and strategies for the high-security sector, in particular for public security. Investigations of attack techniques and malware are the main focus. As a special attack vector, firmware backdoors are also considered here. Strategies and procedures for incident response are also part of the topic. Partners are the Fraunhofer FKIE and the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

Industrial Manufacturing / Industrie 4.0

The cybersecurity learning lab in industrial manufacturing is a cooperation between the Fraunhofer IOSB, Application Center Industrial Automation (INA) and the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Lemgo. Specialists and executives from industry and public administration receive a compact qualification in high-quality laboratories with up-to-date IT infrastructure. They investigate real threat scenarios, learn their significance and consequences, and study suitable solution concepts in their practical application and efficiency.

Internet security and IT forensics

The topic covers questions about the security of the Internet as infrastructure (network security). Since many security vulnerabilities have been exploited in the field, there is a significant need to address such incidents by detecting, securing and examining traces.  Partners are Fraunhofer SIT, the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Critical infrastructures / Use cases for energy and water infrastructures

Partners are the Fraunhofer IOSB, Advanced System Technology Branch (AST), the Fraunhofer IDMT and the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. Embedded systems interact independently; planning systems from the cloud schedule production steps and machine utilization; plant operators monitor and control remotely; maintenance staff has global access to modify configurations. Fraunhofer IOSB’s IT security lab provides an ideal test environment to simulate real-world scenarios and analyze the effects. The IT security lab includes a specific smart factory with genuine automation components controlling a simulated production plant.

Software quality / Product certification

In this learning laboratory, techniques and measures to ensure software quality are taught. This includes measures in the forefront of software development (Secure Design), in the development process and in the software test with a special focus on product certification. However, this also includes procedures and measures for the subsequent evaluation and certification of software. Partners are the Fraunhofer FOKUS, the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, Brandenburg University of Technology.