Safety and Security


IT security and safety is becoming more and more important in application domains such as cloud computing, Industry 4.0, medical engineering, building automation, driver assistance, (semi-)autonomous driving, and energy supply. Innovative solutions in these domains are increasingly based on extensive networking and enhanced interaction possibilities between components, systems, applications, roles, and users.

The growing system complexity and networking represent a major challenge for the demonstrable security and reliability of overall systems. The combination or the expansion of subsystems creates new attack scenarios and threats. Therefore, IT safety and security, with respect to external and internal attacks, has to be taken into consideration during the entire development and product life cycle. Thereby all interaction and access possibilities concerning the system or the system components have to be taken into account.

The more automation becomes economically important, the more important become the requirements imposed on the safety of systems and plants in the application domains mentioned before. Safety and security are two different goals. Nevertheless, these two goals influence each other when it comes to realising them in the context of devices and plants. To take these influences into account in the system development is mandatory.

Embedded systems and cyber-physical systems (CPS) represent a special challenge for the implementation of safety and security measures. Because of their limited system resources, they require methods ideally adapted to their requirements.

The FZI researches and develops methods, processes, tools, and realisations for safety and security measures as well as for safety assessment. Thus, the focus of the protection goals lies on confidentiality (e.g. know-how protection), authenticity, integrity, and system availability. The spectrum of research and development at the FZI concerning security and the interrelations with other qualities ranges from adapted development processes to tools for model-based designs, the assessment and optimisation of highly interconnected systems as well as methods and measures that are realisable in these systems, to cryptographic processes.

Our offer

  • Threat and safety analyses

  • Analysis and benchmarking of realisation alternatives

  • Conception of secured protocols and systems

  • Development of cryptographic processes and their adjustment to embedded systems and CPS

  • Development of modelling and analysis tools

  • Processes and procedure models (security lifecycle, safety lifecycle)

  • Consulting

Competence Center for IT Security

With the Competence Center for IT security the FZI has created a central contact point for practical questions for IT security with the support of the State of Baden-Württemberg. The centre offers solutions for questions of IT security for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Baden-Württemberg.

The security technologies that are researched at the Competence Center for IT Security are easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to communicate.

Further information can be found at:

Contact person

PD Dr.-Ing. Ingmar Baumgart

Manager Competence Center for IT Security



Dr. Ingmar Baumgart leitet das Kompetenzzentrum IT-Sicherheit am FZI.

Zuvor studierte er Informatik an der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) mit den Schwerpunkten Kryptographie, Telematik und Recht. Nach Abschluss seines Studiums im Jahr 2005 hat er eine Stelle als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Telematik des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) angetreten. Die Schwerpunkte seiner Forschung waren der Entwurf und die Simulation von sicheren und effizienten Kommunikationsprotokollen für verteilte Systeme.

Nach Abschluss seiner Promotion im Jahr 2010 war Ingmar Baumgart Leiter einer Nachwuchsforschergruppe am KIT und arbeitete dort an technischen Verfahren zum Datenschutz in den Bereichen Energie, Mobilität und sozialen Netzwerken. Neben seiner Tätigkeit am FZI ist Ingmar Baumgart seit 2017 zudem Privatdozent am KIT. In der Lehre war er in den Bereichen Netzsicherheit, Mobilkommunikation, Multimediakommunikation und Internet of Things aktiv.

Ingmar Baumgart ist zertifizierter TeleTrusT Information Security Professional (T.I.S.P.).


  • Netzsicherheit / Sicherheit im Internet of Things
  • Sicherheit eingebetteter Systeme
  • Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs)
  • Entwurf und Bewertung von Kommunikationsarchitekturen
  • Simulation verteilter Systeme


  • TPC-Mitglied: IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Communication and Information Systems Security Symposium, 2014-2017
  • TPC-Mitglied: International Symposium on Security in Computing and Communications (SSCC), 2016
  • TPC-Mitglied: IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Communication & Information System Security Symposium, 2015
  • TPC-Mitglied: IEEE International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo (ICCVE), 2013-2015
  • TPC-Mitglied: Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), 2015
  • TPC-Mitglied: IEEE 14th International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P), 2014
  • TPC-Mitglied: International Workshop on OMNeT++, 2008-2013
  • Reviewer für IEEE LCN, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, WONS, ICT, IFIP Wireless Days, ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Communications Letters, Elsevier Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Elsevier Parallel Computing, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications, International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, ETRI Journal, it – Information Technology


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