Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien GMBH (AT)

Profile and Expertise

The Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (FTW) is the joint research centre of leading players in telecom business and science in Austria, including major telecom equipment manufacturers, network operators, and telematic systems operators Established in 1998, FTW is supported and further developed as a K1-center by the Austrian Government and the City of Vienna within the competence center programme COMET (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies). FTW conducts co-operative research on communication technology and its application, with main application cases in the telecommunciations sector and for the operation of infrastructures (such as intelligent telematics solutions). The research group of FTW is an international and multi-disciplinary team of more than 55 full-time researchers, who work in four research areas: (i) Signal & Information Processing, (ii) Communication Networks, (iii) Networked Services, and (iv) User-centered Interaction & Communication Economics. Research work is supported by appropriate organizational structures and an efficient management and administration team. FTW has strong experience in managing multi-lateral collaboration and a significant track record of participation in European co-operation projects. This includes five FP5 projects, six FP6 projects, four CELTIC/Eureka projects, seven COST actions, and the FP7 NoE NEWCOM++, FP7 STREPs PRISM, mCIUDAD, OPTIBAND, and ALARP, as well as the FP7 IPs ETICS, DEMONS and RHEA.

Main Tasks

WP1: contributions to the requirements and use-case definition

FTW will contribute with its expertise on security evaluation and safe system design methods to the definition of requirements in the security and the safety domain. It will also work on the analysis of security and safety standards in order to acquire a more thorough understanding of the state of the art in design processes considering security and safety as well as to gather additional requirements.

WP2: contribute to the analysis of cross-influence of safety and security mechanisms and development of extended mechanisms

FTW will lead this activity and will contribute with its expertise in dependability and security mechanisms to the analysis in general and in particular on the security and dependability of inter-system communications.

FTW will construct fault models for selected use case scenarios with a particular focus on unauthorized system interactions (e.g. denial of service attacks) and confidentiality breaches that directly or indirectly affect system safety. It will also analyse the specifications of relevant standard system architectures in the use case domains to clarify the explicit and implicit relations between safety and security.

Analysis of existing protocols for safety critical operations providing elements of predictability and bounded time characteristics, identify gaps and specification of new or adapted protocols that fulfil the specified requirements. Specify new means of end-node functionality that allows safe and secure use of relevant communication protocols.

Adaptive passive and active monitoring mechanisms for fault detection are developed that allow for system fault monitoring and cope with integrated security mechanisms.

FTW supports the development and implementation of extended mechanisms for safety and security. It will specifically work on the necessary modification and enhancement for existing mechanisms for safety and security in order to meet the requirements defined earlier

WP3: Contributions to the quantitative assessment of security properties

FTW is interested in the risk assessment of security mechanisms that have been identified within WP2. This includes the definition of a generic and specific threat models derived from the different use case descriptions, the identification of potential weaknesses and an impact assessment.

WP4: contribution of communication related parts of integrated methodology

FTW will contribute its comprehensive knowledge on wired and wireless communication technologies and protocols to the development of the integrated methodology. It will provide communication system models, and the characterisation of system properties and requirements.

WP5: Contributions to the definition and evaluation of the case study

As WP2 leader FTW will support the use case evaluation with the results gained in WP2. Moreover, it will provide guidance on communication protocols and interfaces.

WP6: Dissemination in scientific papers and towards the industrial partners of FTW

Participating in SESAMO allows FTW to strengthen its market position and to offer a more comprehensive set of services, improving the existing offer. FTW will enter the new research area of interrelationship between safety and security mechanisms and strengthen its existing expertise in security and safety. This will supplement the offerings to current partners in the industrial and service sectors, and to extends its research and consultancy profile. Furthermore, FTW will disseminate SESAMO results through workshop and conference presentations, publications and lectures.

Relevant Experience

FTW researchers have been involved in numerous national and international research projects dealing with safety and security issues. This includes amongst others system security evaluation, mechanisms for trust security and privacy as well as design and evaluation of communication solutions for safety-critical applications. FTW researchers were and are involved in SESAMO related projects such as the FP7 STREPs PRISM (privacy protection for network monitoring) and ALARP (communication system design for safety-critical warning systems in railway scenarios), and the FP6 IP Coopers (communication solution evaluation for I2V safety applications), the FP6 STREPs HIDENETS (resilience solutions for vehicular applications) and SafeDMI (safe communication solutions for certain train components). Project team members are also involved in relevant standardisation bodies such as ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 - IT Security techniques.