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   Main Conference

Keynote 1 - Introducing the Game Changers: Next-Gen Communication and Security Concepts for Current and Future Industries


Industry 4.0 enables cooperation between factories, machines and products.

Such abilities require secure communication channels and means of identification between the participating entities.

This presentation will introduce how Software Defined Networking (SDN) can be used to overcome current networking and monitoring limitations and facilitate new approaches in industrial communication.

It will show how remote maintenance can be offered on a dynamic marketplace that provides on-demand connectivity and has excellent security properties.

It will also present how control systems can be monitored on field bus level in order to detect highly sophisticated attacks on critical infrastructure.

Finally, it will explain how the identities used in these and similar industry 4.0 mechanisms can be protected by hardware security modules.


Mr. Pedro Larbig

Fraunhofer-Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT

Pedro Larbig studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt and was hired as a research assistance by the Center for Advanced Security Research (CASED) where he developed tools for testing security properties of wireless routing protocols. As a long-term developer of software in C for network encryption and authentication protocols he gained a deep practical understanding of these mechanisms. Joining Fraunhofer SIT in 2011 he now works on designing and implementing new cryptographic systems and analysing the flaws of existing ones. While he implements cryptographic authentication algorithms, a strong focus is put on managing the required secrets. He gained intensive knowledge about how attackers can use or abuse protocols to leak information or how they gain control over remote systems or networks, broadening the spectrum to an adversary’s perspective.

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