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Secure Systems Group at Johannes Kepler University Linz (SecSys)

LIT Secure and Correct Systems Lab

Organisation Type

Altenbergerstraße 69
+43 732 2468 9546


Contact person

Prof. Stefan Rass (Full Professor)

Field of Activity

» ICT applications
» Electronic authentication
» Artificial intelligence/robotics
» Cyber security
» Software, Data Processing
» Network technologies

Core competencies

Security is not the state in which attacks are impossible, but a state in which the costs of attack outweigh the potential gains. This economic view is what underlies the research of the Secure Systems Group, which is part of the Secure and Correct Systems Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT).

We have more than 15 years of experience in IT security, applied cryptography, IT risk management, security system design and evaluation, cryptographic mechanism prototyping, and more. We provide consulting services to industry, from independent ongoing evaluation of security systems to patent applications.

Todays information technology is increasingly complex and intertwined with the physical and cyber worlds, making security an interdisciplinary challenge that is subject to constant change. Consequently, the groups research covers a wide range of models and involves various disciplines, including artificial intelligence, network technology, simulation, data science, psychology, and many more.

Current research aeras include:
* Model-based and Quantitative Security
* Applied Cryptography and Quantum Cryptography
* Security of Critical Infrastructures
* Security- and Resource optimization using decision- and game theory
* Artificial intelligence security and AI applications in security

Horizon Europe Research Focus

  • FCT01 - Modern information analysis for fighting crime and terrorism
  • CL3-2021-FCT-01-03: Disinformation and fake news are combated and trust in the digital world is raised
  • FCT04 - Increased security of citizens against terrorism, including in public spaces
  • CL3-2021-FCT-01-07: Improved preparedness on attacks to public spaces
  • FCT06 - Citizens are protected against cybercrime
  • CL3-2021-FCT-01-12: Online identity theft is countered
  • FCT04 - Increased security of citizens against terrorism, including in public spaces
  • CL3-2022-FCT-01-04: Public spaces are protected while respecting privacy and avoiding mass surveillance
  • BM01 – Efficient border surveillance and maritime security
  • CL3-2021-BM-01-01: Enhanced security and management of borders, maritime environment, activities and transport, by increased surveillance capability, including high altitude, long endurance aerial support
  • BM02 - Secured and facilitated crossing of external borders
  • CL3-2021-BM-01-02: Increased safety, security, performance of the European Border and Coast Guard and of European customs authorities
  • CL3-2021-BM-01-03: Improved border checks for travel facilitation across external borders and improved experiences for both passengers and border authorities staff
  • BM02 - Secured and facilitated crossing of external borders
  • CL3-2022-BM-01-02: Enhanced security of, and combating the frauds on, identity management and identity and travel documents
  • INFRA01 – Improved preparedness and response for large-scale disruptions of European infrastructures
  • CL3-2021-INFRA-01-01: European infrastructures and their autonomy safeguarded against systemic risks
  • INFRA02 - Resilient and secure smart cities
  • CL3-2022-INFRA-01-02: Autonomous systems used for infrastructure protection
  • CS01 - Secure and resilient digital infrastructures and interconnected systems
  • CL3-2021-CS-01-01: Dynamic business continuity and recovery methodologies based on models and prediction for multi-level Cybersecurity
  • CS02 - Hardware, software and supply chain security
  • CL3-2021-CS-01-02: Improved security in open-source and open-specification hardware for connected devices
  • CS03 - Cybersecurity and disruptive technologies
  • CL3-2021-CS-01-03: AI for cybersecurity reinforcement
  • CS05 - Human-centric security, privacy and ethics
  • CL3-2021-CS-01-04: Scalable privacy-preserving technologies for cross- border federated computation in Europe involving personal data
  • CS01 - Secure and resilient digital infrastructures and interconnected systems
  • CL3-2022-CS-01-01: Improved monitoring of threats, intrusion detection and response in complex and heterogeneous digital systems and infrastructures
  • CS02 - Hardware, software and supply chain security
  • CL3-2022-CS-01-02: Trustworthy methodologies, tools and data security “by design” for dynamic testing of potentially vulnerable, insecure hardware and software components
  • CS03 - Cybersecurity and disruptive technologies
  • CL3-2022-CS-01-03: Transition towards Quantum-Resistant Cryptography
  • CS04 - Smart and quantifiable security assurance and certification shared across Europe
  • CL3-2022-CS-01-04: Development and validation of processes and tools used for agile certification of ICT products, ICT services and ICT processes
  • DRS01 - Societal Resilience: Increased risk Awareness and preparedness of citizens
  • CL3-2021-DRS-01-01: Improved understanding of risk exposure and its public awareness in areas exposed to multi-hazards
  • DRS01 - Societal Resilience: Increased risk Awareness and preparedness of citizens
  • CL3-2022-DRS-01-01: Enhanced citizen preparedness in the event of a disaster or crisis-related emergency
  • SSRI 01 - Stronger pillars of security Research and Innovation
  • CL3-2022-SSRI-01-01: Increased foresight capacity for security

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