Protection for Industrial Technologies

ProtectIT is an inter-faculty institute of the DIT conducting application-oriented research on the protection of:

  • industrial automation technology,
  • critical infrastructures
  • automotive and avionic systems
  • IoT-devices

Special focus is placed on the development and implementation of mechanisms for the proctection of networked embedded systems. Target-oriented cyber attacks, malware but also faulty configuration and anomalies endanger embedded IT and IoT systems. The manipulation of technical processes of machines and facilities can lead to production downtimes, as well as the disturbance of critical infrastructures interfused by IT technology leadig to a giant hazard to life and limb. Together with our industrial and academic partners, we create practical solutions.


Postgraduate Degree Programme - Master Cyber Security

Study part-time for a masters whilst still working.

This postgraduate degree focuses on two different fields of study

  • Master Cyber Security, Automotive IT Security, M.Eng.
  • Master Cyber Security, Industrial IT Security, M.Eng.

More information about the Master Cyber Security can be found here.


Institute Directors:

Directors of Institute ProtectIT


  • Planning and conducting research projects and cooperations for enhanced security of industrual and embedded IT-Systems.
  • Supporting the economic use of research results; especially in small and medium-sized companies (SMEs)
  • Hosting annual confences on embedded security
  • Execution of expert assessments and preparation of  technical analysis
  • Erstellung von Gutachten und Analysen
  • Promotion of education and programmes in the field of Cyber-Security at the DIT


Recent Project Proposals:

  • SHORT: Security-Centered HiL-Platform Offering Risk-aware Testing
  • CAIDAN: Combining Artificial Ingelligence with Distributed Ledger Technology for Avant-garde Networks
  • iAATG: Innovative Absicherungskonzepte für die Anlauftauglichkeit Gesamtfahrzeug


Projects in Approval Phase:

  • VITAF: Reliable IT for Autonomous Driving


Current Projects:

  • MLPaSSAD: New Multi-Layer Platforms for Security and Safety-Relevant Automated Driving Functions
  • SeSaRe: Security in Safety-Critical Environments of Real-Time Automotive Domains
  • DecADe: Decentralized Anomaly Detection
  • PCN-Sec: Process Control Network Security
  • SmartDefense: Anomaly Detection in Energy Networks


Finished Projects:

  • Sec-BIT: Secure Cloud-based Smart Building and Infrastructure Technology
  • SiNeMA: Security in industrial networks by intelligent methods for anomaly recognition and integrity checks
  • SURF: Systemic Security for Critical Infrastructures
  • KoDaK: Coexistence of different data traffic classes in cars and planes
  • ANSII: Anomaly Detection and Embedded Security in Industrial IT systems
  • HiS_Switch: High Safety and Security for Onboard Switches


Staff Members:

Staff of Institute ProtectIT

Job Opportunities:

We are always looking for students and engineers from the fields of electrical engineering and mechatronics who are interested in working in the area of Industrial Security. Furthermore, we offer Bachelor or Master’s theses in cooperation with our industrial partners, a Master of Applied Research, and, from time to time, research assistant openings to work on industry projects. Please contact the Institute directors or a member of staff.

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