European Security Centers Eye Digital Gaps

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 04:04 PM gHale

In an increasingly digital world, it is no secret that security concerns continue to grow. That is why two European security organizations are joining together to create a strategy for the development of new and integrative approaches to addressing key IT security concerns.

“Every area of our daily lives is becoming increasingly more digitalized and interlinked. This trend is creates a number of novel security issues, specifically with respect to privacy and accountability,” said Michael Backes, director and professor of IT Security and Cryptography at the Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) of Saarland University, Germany.

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As Björn Ottersten, director and professor at the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust’s (SnT), said, this is a global concern.

“It’s imperative that IT research be conducted on a global scale,” Ottersten said. “By attacking the issue together, SnT and CISPA are able to pool their resources and merge their international contacts in order to ensure a greater impact for their scientific results.”

Since its inception in 2009, SnT talked about the importance of operating on a global scale, successfully attracting scientists from all over the world to Luxembourg. As has CISPA, which in conjunction with Saarland University, just introduced a new international graduate program in security and privacy leading to the master’s degree, paving the way for a smooth transition from largely theory-based academia to practical research settings and industry.

“Within only a few short years, SnT has already established itself as a leading European research site. The Centre is very practically oriented and collaborates closely with industry, with great success,” Backes said.

Backes said the two research institutes complement each other in many areas, with research activities overlapping in some.

The goal of the three-year collaborative effort is to exchange ideas, conduct joint research projects, and together design and initiate new projects. Scientists and faculty from both centers also intend to give lectures and presentations on each other’s campuses.

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