Fraunhofer AISEC — ‘Innovating with security’

Fraunhofer AISEC analyzes, shapes and safeguards cybersecurity for customers and partners from businesses and public institutions.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC translates excellence in IT security research into applied solutions for greater dependability, trustworthiness and tamper protection in IT-based systems and products. 

We create innovative and customized cybersecurity solutions to accurately assess the security of systems and products, design them securely and operate them reliably throughout their entire life cycle.

With our internationally recognized cutting-edge research into cybersecurity, we improve the integrated security of embedded systems, hardware components, operating systems, applications and cloud-based services.

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Research departments

Find out more about the applied cybersecurity research carried out by Fraunhofer AISEC.


Hardware security

The Hardware Security department conducts research into how to defend against attacks on integrated circuits, chips and assemblies of multiple chips on printed circuit boards. The main focus is on fending off attackers with physical access to their targets and providing a basic hardware security layer on which further protective measures can be built.


Product protection & industrial security

The Product Protection and Industrial Security department conducts research into security matters relating to anti-counterfeiting, automotive security, industrial security and the Internet of Things. We then use this research to develop technological protective measures and new methods for securing electronic devices and protecting corporate assets.


Secure operating systems

The Secure Operating Systems department deals with issues relating to the security of hardware-facing software and operating systems. Researchers analyze and develop secure software architectures and techniques to protect system integrity, increase resilience and isolate critical components and data.


Secure apps, clouds & services

IoT devices, mobile apps and cloud infrastructures — the Service and Application Security department conducts research into the security and data protection of distributed applications as well as cloud and container infrastructures. Innovative and applied solutions are developed and implemented based on the very latest findings from the field of IT security research.


Artificial intelligence and IT security

The Cognitive Security Technologies department conducts research at the intersection between artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. This work focuses on the use of AI methods in IT security and the security of machine learning and AI algorithms.


Encryption & privacy

The Secure Systems Engineering department provides support in the development and implementation of secure and user-friendly digital systems. Key research areas are security and data protection measures throughout an IT system’s entire life cycle as well as secure digital identities and post-quantum cryptography.


Future-oriented infrastructures

The Secure Infrastructure department conducts research into applied cryptography and the impact of AI on secure infrastructures. Research focuses on the Internet of Things, anonymization networks and post-quantum security, with special expertise in virtual private networks.

Cybersecurity spotlights

Delve deep into the innovative research areas covered by Fraunhofer AISEC.



“Deepfakes” are deceptively real but manipulated video and audio recordings that can be created only with the help of artificial intelligence. Fraunhofer AISEC understands the risks and challenges associated with deepfakes — and is developing a toolkit to reliably expose them.


Post-quantum cryptography

Quantum computers pose a threat to IT security as a whole, since they may effectively break established encryption processes. The Competence Center for Post-Quantum Cryptography provides support in the switch to quantum computer-resistant cryptographic processes.


Discover the various opportunities for collaboration with Fraunhofer AISEC.

We can help you operate your infrastructures, production facilities, business processes and distribution networks securely and reliably. With our targeted technology and compliance consulting expertise, we protect your products and solutions against white-collar crime, industrial espionage and data loss. We are your ideal partner for IT security thanks to our vendor-neutral know-how and all the latest insights from the field of international cybersecurity research.

Cybersecurity labs

With over 4,000 square meters of innovative lab areas, Fraunhofer AISEC has plenty of space for greater cybersecurity.

The world of labs at Fraunhofer AISEC
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The world of labs at Fraunhofer AISEC

Ten IT security laboratories allow for a wide range of security analyses in the fields of automotive and hardware security, Industry 4.0 and IoT as well as software, cloud and smart sensor security. They also provide numerous opportunities to directly experience the effect of protective mechanisms in a secure and trustworthy environment.

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Industrial security lab
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Hardware security lab
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Automotive security lab

Careers in IT security

We are always on the lookout for creative minds who can assist us in developing innovative cybersecurity solutions.

Do you want to develop innovative IT security and play an active role in shaping the digital transformation in key industries?

Fraunhofer AISEC supports digital transformation processes in sectors such as the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, aviation and medicine by conducting first-class cybersecurity research.

Find out about the vacancies we currently have in our scientific research, technology and administration departments at our offices in Garching near Munich, Berlin and Weiden in der Oberpfalz.

Join our team and help us shape the future of cybersecurity! 

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