The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT is one of the world's leading research institutions for cyber security and privacy protection. The institute deals with the central security challenges in economy, administration and society and conducts practice-oriented top-level research and innovation development. Numerous prizes and awards prove the high quality of the results and developments.
The institute's 230 scientists (status September 2020) deal with current issues of cyber security and privacy protection and develop new technologies and concrete solutions for real challenges in this field. The Institute supports its partners, for example, in the design of new IT systems, the protection of IT infrastructures and the development of new products and services. At the same time, the Institute provides advice on important IT security issues and is involved in national and international standardization.
The Institute's headquarters are located in Darmstadt. In addition, the Institute maintains a branch in St. Augustin near Bonn and offices in Berlin and Mittweida. Internationally, the Institute is represented in Israel and Singapore.
Security Evaluation and Verification
Fraunhofer SIT is not only proficient in the techniques and methods but also has all the necessary equipment and tools to specify, analyse, verify and valididate IT based systems. The staff can thus perform practical tests to review a system's security, simulate the security features by using appropriate software and suitably visualise the reviewed system's security characteristics.
Security Integration and Advancement
Fraunhofer SIT has extensive knowledge about the latest security technologies and the security services of current systems and products (including operating systems, applications, protocols). Numerous projects document the Institute's immense experience in implementing security technologies into diverse application contexts.
Fraunhofer SIT is familiar with the relevant international IT security standards, packages of measures and assessment guidelines. The Institute also has the methods and tools for conducting threat and risk analyses as well as for developing security concepts and business continuity plans.
The institute consists of several organizational units broken down by fields of expertise and staff divisions, which are further divided into different departments.
Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner
Michael Waidner is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Informationtechnology (Fraunhofer SIT) and is the director of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE. He is Chair Professor for IT Security at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2017 he is also the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the City of Darmstadt.
He received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe (now known as KIT) in 1991. In 1994 he joined the IBM Zurich Research Lab in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the research activities in the areas of IT security and privacy. He was one of the initiators of the Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC) at the ETH Zurich. In 2006 he moved to IBM in New York. Until 2010 he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer for Security, responsible for the technical security strategy and architecture of the IBM Corporation. In 2010 he left IBM and came to Darmstadt.
Michael Waidner authored more than 130 scientific publications and is inventor of more than 20 patents. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.