Application security requires building blocks like crypto-toolkits, electronic identity, or electronic signatures — we research and advance these.

Secure Applications

Our objective is to research, create innovations and develop tools that assist application developers in creating secure services, even if they are not security experts themselves. This includes crypto-toolkits like the renowned IAIK JCE toolkit, tools for mobile device security, electronic identity, electronic delivery, or electronic signatures. A particular focus is on information security needs of the public sector. The area Application Security hosts the E-Government Innovation Center EGIZ, the research stream supporting the ICT-strategy of the Austrian eGovernment coordination Digital Austria. The area is also in charge of the technical activities of the Secure Information Technology Center A-SIT, the primary advisor of the Austrian public sector on information security.
Team A-SIT
The A-SIT team's research at IAIK is driven by information security needs of the public sector, like in eGovernment. We are thrilled by exploring technologies that help advance the public sector secure electronic service offerings. We have expertise in basic building blocks like electronic signatures and electronic identity. With mGovernment initiatives and mobile-first strategies, a current research focus is on mobile security, like on app security analysis. We also research on the role of emerging concepts like distributed ledger or artificial intelligence in public services. For some recent results see the A-SIT Technology Server.

EGIZ as part of A-SIT supports the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs in further developing the ICT strategy of the federal government. It conducts research in the area of technical innovations in the eGovernment environment. We are driven by advancing technologies in the field of identity management, digital signatures and other security technologies in eGovernment, like electronic delivery.

Team leaders are Arne Tauber and Herbert Leitold.

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Team SIC
With our long reputation as a pioneer in security software development, we provide a comprehensive set of crypto products for the Java™ platform that helps you make your environment and applications more secure. While we focus on the areas of eID, eSignatures and PKI where we are also involved in standardisation activities, our implementations cover underlying crypto, from AES via elliptic curves to post-quantum methods up to protocols like TLS, CMS or S/MIME, or applications like certification authority and cloud based mobile signature solutions. Whenever ready, our partner, Stiftung SIC, is responsible for all sales of these products.

Team leaders are Harald Bratko and Thomas Zefferer.

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Team A-SIT+
The A-SIT team's research at IAIK is driven by information security needs of the public sector, like in eGovernment. We are thrilled by exploring technologies that help advance the public sector secure electronic service offerings. We have expertise in basic building blocks like electronic signatures and electronic identity. With mGovernment initiatives and mobile-first strategies, a current research focus is on mobile security, like on app security analysis. We also research on the role of emerging concepts like distributed ledger or peer-to-peer infrastructures in public services. For some recent results see the A-SIT Technology Server.

Team leader is Peter Teufl.

Team Members