TÜV Nord research grant for industrial cyber security

TÜV Nord research grant for industrial cyber security

TÜV Nord is supporting Isabel Skierka’s research project on industrial and embedded information technology (IT) security with a three-year research grant. The project duration is from July 2016 to June 2019.

In her research project, Isabel Skierka is examining methods for the management of information security risks, as well as broader industrial cyber security and digital policy issues. Specifically, she focuses on the management of converging IT security and safety risks in industrial environments. IT is now an inherent part of safety-critical systems whose failure can lead to severe damage of property or the environment, or even the loss of human life. Hence, systems controlling the provision of critical services like electricity and water, industrial production processes, or health and automotive systems now depend on the reliable functioning of the IT components and networks they are connected to. Securing these systems from IT threats is a foundation for the successful digitalization of modern societies. This requires a broader security governance approach that involves all relevant stakeholders and combines different strategies for addressing both safety and security challenges.

The research project aims to analyze risk assessment and management methods for information security issues in critical and industrial environments, evaluate existing information security strategies, and devise broader industrial and digital policy recommendations.