Our Competence: (Data) Security and Data Sovereignty

The key for data-driven business models

Data security is an important requirement for almost any business. Adequate protection of intellectual property as well as customer and business data is essential for conducting successful and legally compliant business transactions.

However, the increasing complexity and the networking of software and systems into digital ecosystems lead to ever greater challenges. Security must always be aligned with the business processes and other system qualities (such as usability). Traditional and established security measures are just important for this as new, innovative solutions in order to continue to be able to participate securely in data-driven business models in the future.

What does Fraunhofer IESE offer for your data security concept?

  • We inspect your existing systems in terms of data security vulnerabilities.
  • We evaluate the adequacy and correctness of your security algorithms.
  • We test the soundness of your security design and its implementation.
  • We test whether the protection of your interfaces can be penetrated.
  • We research and develop comprehensive control policies that allow you to control the usage of your data in a fine-grained manner even after you have granted other people access to your data.

Our Focal Areas


Security for Safety

Safety-critical systems are increasingly interconnected, be it through local networks or even through the Internet. 


Research: IND²UCE

Data usage control expands traditional security mechanisms to allow controlling the usage of data even after access.

We have done research in this area for more than ten years under the name IND²UCE. During this time, we performed more than 15 research projects and published more than 40 articles. In 2014, we were awarded an EARTO Innovation Prize.


Technology: MY DATA
Control Technologies

With »MY DATA Control Technologies« we offer software products that solve practical problems from the research area IND²UCE.

Our main product is a piece of software for informational self-determination through data filtering and masking.




Service: Security Engineering

Our policies for secure software designs and implementations help you to avoid security vulnerabilities and to initiate appropriate technical and organizational security measures in all phases of development and operation.

Regular checks, evaluations, and vulnerability scans ensure secure operation.

Selected projects


Reference Project: International Data Spaces

Control and testing procedures for AI

In the research projects on International Data Spaces, Fraunhofer IESE is working together with other Fraunhofer Institutes to develop solutions for the sovereign and thus self-determined exchange of data across company boundaries.



Fraunhofer SOC

As a so-called “Red Team”, Fraunhofer IESE provides various SOC services for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the area of proactive IT security measures.

Further Information about Data Security


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