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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

06.11.2020Press release: 166/2020

BMBF funds research projects on “Security on all IT system layers”

Digital IT systems are increasingly finding their way into everyday private life and the world of work. It is therefore important that the technology behind them is safe and trustworthy. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has therefore set the course for innovative research projects on the subject of “security on all IT system layers” with the currently published funding guidelines. Companies, universities and research institutions can now apply for funding. The first projects are scheduled to start in autumn 2021. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “In the age of smartphones, digital fitness bracelets and networked devices in our own household, digital networking affects us all more than ever. It is all the more important that the technology we use is really safe. Digital systems and their interaction are becoming more and more complex, software and hardware are increasingly closely linked. Even experts often have difficulties assessing this technology for its safety. In order for Germany and Europe to be technologically sovereign in a digital world, we need excellent IT security research that helps us master complexity and translate it into innovations. The BMBF is working to ensure that we in Germany build up and expand the necessary knowledge – for digitization for the benefit of all citizens and our companies. “Background: Research on” Security on all IT system layers “aims to strengthen the security of digital Systems serve. Because IT systems consist of several layers of software code, some of which work independently of one another. Accordingly, it is important to make all system layers equally secure. This includes the protection of deep layers, such as the microcode of a processor, as well as higher layers, for example the user interfaces of programs. The overriding goal of research funding is to better protect digital systems and thus ultimately also the data of citizens and companies and to increase people’s trust in IT systems. IT systems are no longer from a single source, but consist of a complex structure of individual components, from the chip to the user interface. The security properties of these complex systems are often difficult to assess, even for experts. The modularity, however, has clear advantages: Many IT products from different providers use the same open basis or platform for certain modules and layers. A cooperation in the development and safeguarding of common IT components therefore benefits everyone involved. Open architectures, specifications and software play a central role in this context. They form the basis for a secure and confident design and use of digital systems as well as a risk assessment for the data processed in them and the processes implemented. Based on secure and open IT components and specifications, tools and methods are required that make it possible to guarantee the security properties of overall systems or to record them as efficiently and automatically as possible. The building blocks for this are, for example, test tools and procedures for the secure integration of overall systems, but also individual components with guaranteed security properties. Particular attention should be paid to components in which software and hardware are closely interwoven, such as in Trusted Platform modules, Firmware and CPU microcode. It is precisely such system-deep components as a trustworthy basis that are central building blocks for technological sovereignty. With the funding, the BMBF intends to sustainably strengthen expertise and added value in the field of IT security in Germany, establish European alternatives for security-critical IT components and thus expand technological ones , digital and social sovereignty. The funding measure is part of the Federal Government’s current research framework program for IT security “Self-determined and secure in the digital world 2015-2020” and contributes to the implementation of the Federal Government’s high-tech strategy 2025 and the digital strategy “Digital Future: learning. To research. Knowledge. “Of the BMBF, there in particular on the flagship initiative” Trustworthy Electronics – Made in Germany “. The funding measure also forms a transition and the first prelude to the future research framework program of the federal government on IT security.


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