The Passau Institute of Digital Security (PIDS) was established in February 2020 and is an institute of the University of Passau. It is the successor of the Institute for IT Security and Security Law (ISL) and like its predecessor, it is interdisciplinary and deals with technical, economic and legal aspects of IT security. Scientists from all faculties of the university work together in PIDS on new and innovative solutions for cyber security.
The PIDS is active in research, teaching and consulting. Our portfolio includes:
- Basic research and consulting on IT security
- Development of technical principles and innovative procedures for IT security and security testing
- Development of security strategies and secure business processes
- Legal support in the development of security strategies and business processes
- Consulting, training and development projects in the field of IT security
- Policy advice on IT security
- Courses, training and conferences on IT security
The second event in the "PIDS Perspectives" series, dealing with "Digital Sovereignty" took place online on Dec. 11, 2020. The recording of the event (held in German) is now available on our German web site.
Security for smart industrial systems is prominent due to the proliferation of cyber threats threatening national critical infrastructures. Smart grid comes with intelligent applications that can utilize the bidirectional communication network among its entities.
Microgrids are small-scale smart grids that enable Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications as they can operate with some degree of independence from the main grid. In addition to protecting critical microgrid applications, an underlying key management scheme is needed to enable secure M2M message transmission and authentication. Existing key management schemes are not adequate due to microgrid special features and requirements. We propose the Micro sElf-orgaNiSed mAnagement (MENSA), which is the first hybrid key management and authentication scheme that combines Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Web-of-Trust concepts in micro-grids. Our experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of MENSA in terms of scalability and swiftness.
A video of the talk is available on Vimeo.
We have launched a YouTube channel to inform about PIDS activities.