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The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT is the leading expert for IT Security and develops solutions for immediate use, tailored to the customer's needs.

185 highly qualified employees covering all areas of  IT security make such customized services possible. The staff constitutes the competency foundation for cross-technological services at the highest level.

Fraunhofer SIT is active in projects for companies from all kinds of industries. Numerous successful projects carried out with international partners are the resounding proof for trustful and reliable cooperation.

Competencies

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.

Security Management

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.

Sicherheit bewerten und prüfen

Das Fraunhofer SIT beherrscht Techniken, Methoden und Werkzeuge zur Spezifikation, Analyse, Verifikation und Validierung IT-basierter Systeme. Die Mitarbeiter sind in der Lage, die Sicherheit von Systemen praktisch zu überprüfen, mittels Software zu simulieren und die Sicherheitseigenschaften entsprechend zu visualisieren.

Sicherheit integrieren und weiterentwickeln

Das Fraunhofer SIT besitzt großes Wissen über existierende Sicherheitstechnologien und Sicherheitsdienste existierender Systeme und Produkte (u.a. Betriebssysteme, Anwendungen, Protokolle). Gleichzeitig belegen zahlreiche Projekte die große Erfahrung bei der Einbettung von Sicherheitstechnologien in unterschiedliche Anwendungskontexte.

Sicherheit managen

Das Fraunhofer SIT kennt die maßgeblichen internationalen Standards, Maßnahmenkataloge und Bewertungsrichtlinien zur IT-Sicherheit. Gleichzeitig besitzt das Institut Methoden und Tools zur Durchführung von Bedrohungs- und Risikoanalysen sowie zur Entwicklung von Sicherheitskonzepten und Business-Continuity-Plänen.

Sicherheit bewerten und prüfen

Das Fraunhofer SIT beherrscht Techniken, Methoden und Werkzeuge zur Spezifikation, Analyse, Verifikation und Validierung IT-basierter Systeme. Die Mitarbeiter sind in der Lage, die Sicherheit von Systemen praktisch zu überprüfen, mittels Software zu simulieren und die Sicherheitseigenschaften entsprechend zu visualisieren.

Sicherheit integrieren und weiterentwickeln

Das Fraunhofer SIT besitzt großes Wissen über existierende Sicherheitstechnologien und Sicherheitsdienste existierender Systeme und Produkte (u.a. Betriebssysteme, Anwendungen, Protokolle). Gleichzeitig belegen zahlreiche Projekte die große Erfahrung bei der Einbettung von Sicherheitstechnologien in unterschiedliche Anwendungskontexte.

Sicherheit managen

Das Fraunhofer SIT kennt die maßgeblichen internationalen Standards, Maßnahmenkataloge und Bewertungsrichtlinien zur IT-Sicherheit. Gleichzeitig besitzt das Institut Methoden und Tools zur Durchführung von Bedrohungs- und Risikoanalysen sowie zur Entwicklung von Sicherheitskonzepten und Business-Continuity-Plänen.


Organization chart

The institute consists of several organizational units broken down by fields of expertise and staff divisions, which are further divided into different departments.


Directorate

Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner

Michael Waidner is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Informationtechnology (Fraunhofer SIT) and Chair Professor for Security in IT at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Furthermore he is leading the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) and is speaker of the Center for Research in Security and Privacy (CRISP).

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.

Job offers

Fraunhofer SIT seeks scientific staff, partly also for management positions

You will be responsible for planning, leading, executing and representing applied R&D projects, jointly with clients and partners from industry, government agencies and academia.