March 29, 2019
It's all about more security for the digital society. 46 partners from both academia and industry are involved in CONCORDIA, the European network for more cybersecurity, including the Computer Networks and Distributed Systems research group of Jacobs University led by Dr. Jürgen Schönwälder, Professor of Computer Science. The EU funds the project, which develops concepts, tools and products for cyber security, with 16 Million Euro EU, a further 7 million euro in additional funding is contributed by national authorities and the industry. The research group at Jacobs University is coordinating research activities related to device-centric security within the project.
We have a growing number of devices around us in our everyday life that contain small embedded computer systems. Many of these devices are able to access the Internet. They can be found in modern cars, in the medical health system, or in our "smart" homes. Using voice-control systems like Alexa to change settings of smart light-bulbs or other electric devices is getting popular. It is meanwhile possible to buy smart light-bulbs for 15 euros that have an embedded computer system and that are able to access the Internet via the wireless home network in order to be managed by voice-control systems like Alexa.