The project secUnity coordinated the development of the roadmap “Cybersecurity Research: Challenges and Course of Action”. It was created by about 30 European researchers from academia and industry. The official release took place in Brussels on February 5th this year.

The classical and new research fields examined include quantifiable security, security despite untrustworthy components, big data privacy, IT security and data protection for machine learning as well as trustworthy platforms. Moreover, in the roadmap selected applications and technologies are studied from the IT security perspective. For example, blockchain technology, autonomous driving, the phenomenon of fake news and  possible privacy tools will be discussed in more detail. The economic and legal aspects of IT security and human-centred Security are addressed separately.

At the secUnity-workshop “Dialogue on IT Security Research: Challenges and Course of Action”, which was held at the TU Darmstadt on October 2nd, 2018, scientists from secUnity and international representatives from universities and industry met to discuss their perspectives. In several discussion rounds they continued the work on the roadmap. The authors exchanged their point of view on the most pressing problems of future research and integrated the consensus into the roadmap.

The roadmap was presented beforehand to the Directorate Digital Society, Trust and Cyber Security (DG CNECT) in November 2018. The secUnity representatives Jörn Müller-Quade (KIT, KASTEL) and Michael Kreutzer (Fraunhofer SIT, CRISP) presented a preliminary, consolidated draft of the roadmap "Cybersecurity Research: Challenges and Course of Action" at a workshop at DG CNECT which was organized by Martin Übelhör (DG CNECT Dir H1.) and secUnity. They discussed selected topics of the roadmap in detail with representatives of DG CNECT and exchanged scientific and political perspectives on research questions.

In the secUnity joint project, the three competence centers KASTEL, CRISP and CISPA are pooling their expertise for European research and IT security policy in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt, the Ruhr University Bochum and the Fraunhofer Institute AISEC.