This area develops solutions, up to market readiness, that increase security and protect privacy better in our digitally connected world. The principles of "security by design" are applied to a wide variety of application areas (such as Industry 4.0 and network security) to create demanding security solutions for all users, devices, data and channels.
The early identification of new, suspicious attacks and attack patterns is a major focus of activities. Novel sensors (honeypots) are developed for each application case and situation, for example, to detect and glean information from attacks on VoIP systems. Social honeypots make it possible to quickly identify advanced persistent threats. T-Labs solutions can also help to record and predict outages of IT systems – for example, due to hardware defects or incorrect configuration – to minimize the associated financial losses.
A central module for secure, reliable, trusted communications is the provision of secure, separate runtime environments. T-Labs is developing microkernel technology for this purpose and optimizing it for a variety of use cases. This technology has been implemented successfully for secure communications on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and is currently used in the hardened maximum-security Simko 3 phone.
The transfer of microkernel technology to communications gateways – including the protection of critical infrastructure areas such as Industry 4.0, M2M and smart metering – represents the next major challenge in this area.
T-Labs is developing privacy protection functions for the Firefox OS operating system. One example is "location blurring", which enables users to conceal and manipulate the exact location of their smartphones.