TU Darmstadt wins BMBF Competence Center for IT Security “EC SPRIDE”

Eric | February 28, 2011

Just in case you have been wondering why I was so silent over the past couple of months: I had the honor to coordinate a grant proposal for a call by the BMBF.

Fortunately, the hard work payed off: as the BMBF has just announced, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe and Saarbrücken were successful in the competition. (clap)

For the TU Darmstadt this means that it obtains funding to establish a new center called European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE). Researchers at EC SPRIDE will use techniques from Software Engineering and IT Security to develop novel methods that allow programmers to make their software secure by design (opposed to “adding” security later-on, which often leads to a heap of new problems). The new center will be lead by Prof. Michael Waidner (also head of the Fraunhofer SIT Darmstadt) and will comprise Darmstadt’s top researchers in IT Security and Software Engineering.