South -Austria features significant research an industry competences in the cybersecurity field.
Some research hotspots (not exhaustive):
- Graz University of Technology, and in particular the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK), is a heavyweight in the field of cyber security in southern Austria. 50 researchers work at the Institute with Formal Methods, Secure Crypto-implementations, Secure e-Government and Trustworthy Systems. These include cryptography, e-Identity, trusted computing, RFID security, secure hardware implementations of cryptographic algorithms, side channel analysis, network security, and formal methods for design and verification. In addition to research and teaching, the experts are also available as consultants in the above-mentioned matters.
- At Joanneum Research Digital, the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies includes the Competence Group Cyber Security and Defence with focus on Security by Design, including threat modelling, formal methods for security testing and verification, AI for detection of anomalies based on network log data
- At the Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt is a Cybersecurity Research Group recently established by Prof. Elisabeth Oswald. The group’s main interest is in the fundamental principles that enable the creation and secure implementation of cryptography to secure systems.
On the industry level, numerous companies in the field of cyber security have established themselves in this environment and are working together in the Cluster Focus Group towards a common goal, among them: Siemens, NXP, Trustworks, secinto, Bearing Point, xsec, AVL, IURIO, Digital Trust Services , SGS Group, xFace, mgIT
Joint external presence (gemeinsamer Außenauftritt) in a coherent marketing strategy for the region in order to:
- attract cybersecurity skilled staff in the region
- motivate further companies to come to South- Austria and do business/cooperate with the specialists from the region
Generation of cooperative projects
- Innovation Workshop “Cybersecurity meets RFID” 12.04.2021: Are there any special security challenges of the RFID /NFC technology and in which use cases? And how could these challenges be best met?
- Forthcoming 18.06.2021: Security Herausforderungen (Cybercrime) im industriellen Bereich (online)
- Experts Brunch: Get Together for Light up the A.L.P.S. 2.07.2021, Hotel Seepark, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (9.30-14.00)
History of the group
- In 2019, two internal CFG meetings took place with a strong focus on the content of the Cyber Security Week in September 2019. The Cluster Focus Group Cyber Security & IoT presents the Industry Track as part of it. Being collocated with TU Graz’s Cyber Security Summer School, industry professionals and Europe’s brightest cyber security talents have the chance to participate side by side in a number of intriguing plenary sessions and workshops. It was a 2-day program that included security tutorials, executive talks and deep tech security workshops. There were participants from the CFG group as well as external persons as speakers on board.
Additionally, last year the SGS Cyber-Lab was opened during the Cyber Security Week.
- In 2020 there was restructuring of the cluster focus group. Among the measures: events with international coverage on this topic and a communication & marketing strategy for cybersecurity in South-Austria