Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) need suitable networked architectures that take into account safety (operation of the system must not pose any danger) and security (protection against unauthorized manipulation). As part of the newly founded "T√úV AUSTRIA Security in Industry - Research Lab", research questions are addressed within the framework of different dissertation projects (3 years funding). As part of the research agenda, the PhD project "SafeSecSystem Modeling" will investigate approaches for suitable integrated modeling process of secure system architectures typically found in the industrial environment in combination with functional safety and resilience. Research questions include to clarify attack vectors w.r.t. data sources and data sinks under the particular aspect of machine-to-machine communication and IT/OT convergence. Methods from IT threat modeling and safety modeling are to be re-visited, revised, adapted and brought into line with the reference architecture model "Industry 4.0". Ultimately, a protection catalog supported by a tool-chain is to be developed in order to evaluate existing (and future) CPPS.

For details concerning the PhD project, please contact Wolfgang Kastner, TU Wien, Automation Systems, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application process is handled via TU Wien's internal Web site ( where the the mentioned PhD Topic can be found under the German title "Projekt - Kennung PhD2) Institut Computer Engineering - Forschungsbereich Automation Systems".

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