Power grids, water supply and transport networks all belong to what we call critical infrastructures. The German-French research project Bercom, which began its work in September 2015 and receives funding from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, aims to protect these against attack. The project name stands for “Blueprint for Pan-European Resilient Critical Infrastructures based on LTE Communications”. It involves twelve project partners, including scientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and TU Dortmund University.
Goals include the development of a secure mobile phone network by August 2018 that will be reserved for operators of critical infrastructure and that can be integrated into existing communications infrastructure. The Bochum team includes David Rupprecht, who is a doctoral researcher at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security.
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