Security in Highly Connected IT Systems Results of the Bavarian Research Alliance FORSEC
This book reports the final results of the Bavarian Research Alliance FORSEC – Security in Highly Connected IT Systems. FORSEC is a joint research alliance of four Bavarian universities (University of Regensburg, University of Passau, Technical University of Munich and Friedrich- Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and has been generously funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and Arts. The research alliance FORSEC would not have been possible without the work of our participating colleagues, including the Principal Investigators, doctoral students, and student workers, all of whom spent much time in doing collaborative research, writing publications, organizing and attending workshops and conferences over a period of more than four years. We would like to thank them all for making FORSEC a successful research alliance. Being a research alliance of four universities, ten research groups, and eleven research projects, FORSEC has gone beyond what can be achieved by a set of individual research projects that are unconnected to each other. The nature of a collaborative research endeavor has been implemented by the provision of overall guiding research questions, the organizational union of the research projects to overall three research clusters, the conducting of several workshops, and the joint publication of results across research projects and in cooperation between senior researchers and doctoral students. In the first part of this book, we present the overall research goals and questions, and the organizational structure of FORSEC. In the second part, we illustrate the three research clusters of FORSEC, namely PreSTA, STAR and CLOUD, in more detail. In the third and most comprehensive part of this book, we provide a description of all eleven research projects, including their publications in terms of abstract, citation and URL where the full article can be retrieved. In the final reference section, we list all publications of FORSEC in alphabetical order of the first author. We hope that this report and the set of more than 100 FORSEC publications will stimulate further research on IT security, which we believe will remain one of the most challenging areas in future research on information and communication technologies. We would like to thank Eva Weishäupl and Dr. Christian Richthammer for their great editorial support.