IBBT Research department: Security

The Security Department of IBBT aggregates a unique team of researchers: more than 120 researchers are focused on ICT security. The mission of this IBBT Security Department is to enhance the strong position of ICT security research in Flanders by consistently investing in key researchers, topics and themes that can either generate a substantial economical impact and/or a significant impact on society, for instance by raising trust or by protecting the privacy of citizens.  Such an objective cannot be realised without performing strong basic research at a top level. The interplay between this basic research and valorisation of the outcome in high-impact applications, and in advanced education and technology transfer, is at the core of this department.       The research strategy that will be illustrated is focused around a number of major and longer term trends in the ICT security research landscape, each leading to a research stream that pursues a specific research program.

  • The increasingly ubiquitous and pervasive nature of ICT systems triggering a focus on securing embedded systems and applications.
  • The important need to address privacy requirements, and the central role of identity management solutions in this context.
  • The rising impact of software in the overall business value of ICT products and services. This sets the focus on secure software in the overall spectrum of security solutions.
  • The need for mature engineering processes and methodologies in the creation of secure hardware and secure software.
  • The need to gain new insights in how we can improve lawmaking in order to make legal rules better adapted to efficiently protect security and privacy, and enhance trust.

These different programs of the Security Department stimulate and demand interdisciplinary collaboration. The research activities performed by the IBBT Security Department combine the expertise areas of the top-level engineering research groups COSIC and DistriNet, with the portfolio of legal research by ICRI.

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