Welcome at the Chair of IT Security

We work on all aspects of technical data protection and network and IT security. We are primarily interested in privacy, i.e. the protection of individuals against the misuse of their data.

Over the past decades, digital technologies have developed rapidly. The advent of digital transformation and the interconnectivity of all areas of life opens up a wealth of new possibilities. Autonomous networked vehicles, cloud computing, industry 4.0, virtual reality with haptic feedback, online banking or social networks are just a few keywords that are changing the way and quality of life. However, this development also brings with it a number of challenges that people often do not immediately grasp, but which may well conflict with their interests.

Our research group is engaged in the development and analysis of security concepts that protect from all types of potential attackers on such systems. We are also interested in the development of technologies that promote data protection in order to protect privacy in the digital world. Finally, we develop protocols and algorithms to secure the underlying infrastructures for communication and computation.

We are part of KASTEL - Research for more security.

Head of Group Prof. Dr. Strufe
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Institute of Information Security and Dependability
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Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop


Paper awarded

The paper 'Ray-tracing based Inference Attacks on Physical Layer Security' by Paul Walther, Markus Richter and Thorsten Strufe was awarded with the Best Paper Award of NetSys 2021!

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Charity cybersecurity course for Ukraine

In view of the war in Ukraine, the BSI is calling for increased vigilance and readiness to react on the Internet. Dangers in this context are phishing e-mails relating to offers of help and fake news. Therefore, the research groups SECUSO (Security-Usability-Society) and PS (Practical IT-Security) offer an online course for citizens.

The course is in german, online via Zoom on 5/5/2022, 7-8pm. 

More about this course and praticipation
Theses successfully defended

Congratulations to Christiane Kuhn and Martin Byrenheid on passing their (respective) doctoral examination!

Paper published

The Paper "Side-channel attacks on query-based data anonymization" was published on this years CCS. Authors are: Franziska Boenisch (Fraunhofer AISEC); Reinhard Munz (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)); Marcel Tiepelt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Simon Hanisch and Christiane Kuhn (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Paul Francis (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)).


We offer four fully funded positions to do a PhD or Post-Doc (co-supervision of PhD students, in case of interest) on 6G security and privacy (location privacy, availability, security architectures, practical quantum key generation) at KIT/KASTEL and Excellence Cluster CeTI.

Contact: Thorsten Strufe

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