TUM and Fraunhofer expand cybersecurity research activities in Munich

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) celebrated a cornerstone ceremony on October 26, 2017, for a new cybersecurity research center at the Garching campus. Established in 2008, Fraunhofer AISEC is led by two professors from the Technical University of Munich (TUM): Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Sigl. The new facility will allow TUM and AISEC to further strengthen and expand upon their joint R&D activities in the field of cybersecurity. It will play a key role in the expansion of the burgeoning digital research hub in Garching.

In recent decades, Munich and the State of Bavaria have transformed into a leading European and global tech hub. As part of the region’s “Bayern Digital” strategic investment program for digitalization, the AISEC cybersecurity research center is just one of several new facilities planned for the Garching research campus in coming years. In early 2019, the center will provide cutting-edge security laboratory and test environments. The new AISEC building is being constructed in the direct vicinity of TUM campus buildings in Garching – a proximity that is intended to enhance and extend research collaboration between AISEC and the TUM Department of Informatics. In this way, close cooperation between academic and applied research will continue to result in innovative security solutions – for companies in Bavaria and across Germany and Europe.

President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann noted that “The new Fraunhofer AISEC research center will build upon the work and expertise of two of TUM’s top professors. In the leadership of their respective chairs, both Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Sigl – both renowned experts in the field of informatics and information technology – have driven the development of cybersecurity into an interdisciplinary research focal point across university departments.” Additionally, said President Herrmann, “Of course it takes the best and brightest in their field to create new ideas and structures – this is the ideal foundation for the future of cybersecurity re-search at the new Fraunhofer AISEC facility at the Garching campus.”

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