Security and Privacy for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (TENSE+)

Ever since the birth of the Internet in the seventies, the number of devices connected to this network has been growing exponentially. Not only servers, desktops, tablets and smartphones are connected, but also many consumer products contain embedded technology to have Internet connectivity such that their internal state and their context can in principle be monitored and/or controlled remotely. This “Internet of Things” (IoT) is expected to continue to grow exponentially in the foreseeable future.
An important recent trend is that the connection between the Internet and elements of the physical world (such as machines, robots, cars, production facilities, and so forth) is getting stronger and stronger.
Moreover, these systems are integrating more and more with and within our human bodies; currently we observe this trend for wellness and medical applications and one can expect that this will result in growing processing of information in and around the human body.
The hardware and software infrastructure that supports this global network of systems is one of the most impressive technological achievements of mankind. But unfortunately, as many incidents over the past years have shown, it is not without security flaws.
The main objective of this research project is to develop technology that supports the construction of secure cyber-physical systems and a secure Internet of Things.



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