The digital transformation in our living and work environments makes us more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Our institute has been investigating IT security issues for many years. As part of an in-house research project launched in 2014, we started building a demonstrator to simulate and investigate real-world threat scenarios using standard components for production control. The IT security lab was received with great interest at the Hannover Messe in 2015.
Soon after, we began to hear of growing demand for comprehensive training to qualify specialists in this field. The Fraunhofer Academy, various Fraunhofer Institutes and associated universities of applied sciences heeded the call by setting up the Cybersecurity Training Labs. Their hands-on seminars for professionals have been very successful. Fraunhofer IOSB was instrumental in developing the concept behind these labs and is responsible for two of the six subjects on the training agenda: cybersecurity in industrial production at Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe and Lemgo together with the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe and cybersecurity in energy and water supply at Fraunhofer IOSB in Ilmenau and Görlitz with Fraunhofer IDMT and the University
of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz.