In the media: ATHENE researcher talks crisis-proof infrastructures

How crisis-proof are our digital infrastructures? The Hessischer Rundfunk programme “alles wissen” investigates this question. Prof. Matthias Hollick, head of the project EmergenCITY at the TU Darmstadt, says, “I don’t think that there are many catastrophes waiting to happen. On the other hand, we are indeed endangered by catastrophes at any time.” He continues that especially the Covid-19 crisis shows how crises can emerge out of nowhere and require learning proper handling amidst such a crisis.

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ATHENE researcher confirmed for FONAS board until 2022

ATHENE researcher Thea Riebe has been confirmed as board member for FONAS in this year’s general meeting on 14 September 2020, for two more years until 2022. In 2018, Riebe was voted into the board of FONAS for the first time.

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ATHENE researchers contribute to new BMBF project CYWARN

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launches its support for consortium project “Strategie- und Technologie-Entwicklung zur medienübergreifenden Erstellung eines Cyber-Lagebilds und akteurspezifischen Kommunikation von Cyber-Warnmeldungen“, CYWARN, from 1 October set to last for 3 years, with 2 million euros. ATHENE researcher Prof Christian Reuter, head of the chair for Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC), will coordinate the joint between partners in research, development and application.

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ATHENE researchers at TU Darmstadt discover weaknesses in WLAN and Bluetooth chips

The ATHENE researchers Prof. Matthias Hollick and Dr. -Ing. Jiska Classen from the TU Darmstadt, cooperating with and Prof. Francesco Gringoli from the University of Brescia, Italy, have discovered vulnerabilities in chips that have not been given much attention by IT security research so far. The three IT security experts were able to show that hacker attacks via Bluetooth can escalate to the point where the damage transcends the original spot of occurrence and affects other areas.

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Success for ATHENE researchers

ATHENE members from the contributing research institutions Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt were successfully able to place no less than ten papers at the “International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security”, ARES for short. ARES highlights different aspects of security, focusing mainly on the crucial connection between availability, reliability and security.

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Wise counsel for cybersecurity publishes first report

The “Weisenrat für Cyber-Sicherheit” (wise counsel) by the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn gives recommendations on improved security during the digital transformation to the politics and economics departments in its first report. ATHENE researcher Prof Matthias Hollick of the TU Darmstadt is one of six members of the counsel. He describes the thematic as the focus on how future cities have to be constructed to raise resilience and security for critical information and communication structures while simultaneously securing its citizens’ privacy.

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Study on Risk Cultures and Social Media Use in Emergencies

The members of the research group “PEASEC – Science and Technology for Peace and Security” lead by ATHENE researcher Prof Christian Reuter at the TU Darmstadt have published a European study with the topic: “The impact of risk cultures: Citizens’ perception of social media use in emergencies across Europe”. The study was conducted in cooperation with the University of Siegen and the Tavistock Institute (London) and had initially been published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Now, it has also been published as an article by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance.

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Research for peace and security

ATHENE researcher Prof Christian Reuter of the TU Darmstadt has been chosen by the senator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank, to be part of the Scientific advisory board of the "Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg" (IFSH) for the following four years, supported by the advisory board decision.

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