Our society is heavily dependant on mobility. Modern means of transportation increasingly utilize networked devices. Sensors and actuators are deployed in the infrastructure to support monitoring, operation and maintenance, what makes them part of the Internet of Things. Car-to-car communication tries to optimize traffic flow. Environment sensors determine the condition of the infrastructure to support a better maintenance strategy. Automated driving is on the horizon. At the same time, networked infrastructures are constantly under attack and need to be protected accordingly. Transportation is a critical infrastructure that requires measures against a variety of failures and threats in order to maintain an adequate level of availability. Defending critical infrastructures against cyber-attacks is the responsibility of information security. The Chair of Computer Engineering is involved in several projects that aim at improving the security of transportation infrastructures. Our focus is mainly on the railway sector.
The CYSIS working group was established by Deutsche Bahn AG and TU Darmstadt within the framework of the Innovation Alliance and the existing DB RailLab on 25 January 2016. The purpose of the group is to discuss the cybersecurity challenges faced by the increasing digitalisation of the railway sector. CYSIS forms a basis for an intensive exchange of information between industry and academia in the railway sector, in order to benefit from each other's knowledge. Read more
In recent years, the majority of the world's Critical Infrastructures (CIs) evolved to become more flexible, cost efficient and able to offer better services and conditions for business opportunities. Read more
The Chair of Computer Engineering regularly offers courses on the security of critical infrastructures:
- Eisenbahnsicherungstechnik (summer semester, in German)