- Press Release
BFH steps up activities in cyber security
25.05.2021 There are many different types of cyberattack and they are becoming increasingly common. Scientific expertise is called for to prevent such attacks and to protect companies and private individuals against them. In response to this development, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH is combining its activities in this field at the Institute for Cybersecurity and Engineering ICE. The realigned Institute will focus on two growth areas in its newly formed ‘Cyber Threat Intelligence’ and ‘FinTech Security’ research groups.
The specialists from the Institute for Cybersecurity and Engineering ICE – previously called the Research Institute for Security in the Information Society RISIS – develop new technologies to protect society, the economy and infrastructure against cyber threats. Lukas Rohr, Head of the Engineering and Information Technology Department at Bern University of Applied Sciences, is delighted with the realignment: “Cyber security is a major issue for society. By focusing more heavily on cyber criminality in our research activities, we are making a major contribution to the security of society in an increasingly digitalised world. I’m also pleased by the fact that, in addition to research activities, this topic will also be incorporated into our courses and continuing education programmes for our students.”
New topics of Cyber Threat Intelligence and FinTech Security
The Cyber Threat Intelligence research group focuses on the field of data- and analysis-based cyber protection. In collaboration with industry partners, it develops software products to detect and prevent cyberattacks, and new tools and solutions for reverse engineering of malware.
The FinTech Security research group develops secure and open payment systems, such as GNU Taler, and conducts research into virtual and cryptocurrencies. The research team works on methods to prevent, detect and investigate cyber fraud. It also conducts research into the criminal black economy and online money laundering.
These two newly set-up research groups will complement the Institute’s existing areas of expertise in e-voting, security and privacy, wireless communications and secure Internet of Things.