Cybersecurity Campus Graz

A unique IT security research, education, testing and certification hub is taking shape in Styria, Austria.

Press Announcement
The groundbreaking collaboration between SGS and TU Graz is testimony to the tremendous work taking place in Styria. The interplay between business and science will open up new opportunities for talented Styrians, and bring out the best in them, as well as creating long-term jobs
Hermann Schützenhöfer, Governor of Styria, Austria
Graz University of Technology & SGS

International IT Security hub

A unique IT security research, education, testing and certification hub is taking shape in Styria, Austria: Cybersecurity Campus Graz. The centerpiece is a new joint research center and a cybersecurity testing and certification laboratory operated by the SGS Group. Around 400 people will work and perform research there when it enters full operation.

Highly integrated production plants, smart homes and autonomous vehicles: the Internet of Things, where billions of computers and systems communicate wirelessly, is becoming an increasingly significant element of private and professional life. Linking the real world with the cloud delivers greater convenience and increased productivity – but also completely new threats. Cybersecurity has implications for all products and systems – from everyday objects to data centers – and represents a major challenge for our society.

SGS, the world leader in inspection, testing, verification and certification, and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), a top IT security research institution, have joined forces to set up Cybersecurity Campus Graz. They respond to the challenge outlined above by means of work in three core areas:

Research

on analyzing system security and on fundamental new security concepts.

Education

for IT security experts and researchers who are in such strong demand.

Testing and certification

of product and system security.

All of these activities – from basic research and higher education programs to certification – will take place at the Cybersecurity Campus, with a view to developing sustainable security solutions. This will give rise to a unique environment for research and the development of industrial applications. A new joint research center and a cybersecurity testing and certification laboratory operated by the SGS Group will be the first facilities to be set up at Cybersecurity Campus Graz. The Campus will also open its doors to start-ups as well as industrial and scientific partners, who will work with TU Graz and SGS to research and develop security solutions for the future. A new multifunctional building covering around 7000m2 – the heart of Cybersecurity Campus Graz – is going to be established at TU Graz’s Inffeldgasse Campus.

Hub for basic research and knowledge transfer

Research Center

Operations at the joint SGS-TU Graz research center at Cybersecurity Campus Graz will be launched during this year. TU Graz’s expertise in leading-edge research into cybersecurity – in the shape of one of the world’s top research groups at the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications – dovetails with SGS’s capabilities in security testing and the evaluation of products, systems and services. The planned close collaboration with start-ups and established businesses will enable the research center to act as a vital link between science and industry.

In the view of SGS’s CEO Frankie Ng, the interconnection between research, teaching and practice is the logical next step in his group’s pioneering global operations: “With this investment, SGS confirms its commitment to provide existing and new customers with the most advanced cybersecurity services. The partnership with TU Graz establishes a unique and practical environment to combine research, education and practice to sustainably address the threats of cybersecurity in an increasingly interconnected world.” Results from the center's basic research will be made available for all. This will enable sectors in which IT security is a key consideration to keep abreast of the state of the art, and allow the latest findings to feed into industrial applications, university teaching and training programmes aimed at the next generation of IT security specialists. Trainings and joint projects will also promote the transfer of knowledge from scientific research to industry.

Two perfectly matched partners will bundle their research, application and training capabilities at Cybersecurity Campus Graz, working together to address one of the major challenges facing modern-day society. TU Graz’s excellent reputation in IT security research has paved the way for this unrivalled partnership with SGS – a global business – which further strengthens the high-tech location Graz as a world-class cybersecurity hub.
Harald Kainz, Rector of Graz University of Technology

Join

Do you want to join as a partner company?

Cybersecurity Campus Graz is open and we welcome partners from all industries and from academia. Interested in joining the Cybersecurity Campus? Simply get in touch with us!

Do you want to to join as a researcher or expert?

Information security is something you find fascinating? Do you want to research? Do you want to analyze the security of devices in one of the largest labs on cybersecurity? Interested? Let's get in touch!

Open positions

Researcher

For the new research center and TU Graz, we are looking for PhD students, postdocs, senior researchers and new faculty members in the following fields:

  • Cryptography
  • System Security
  • Processor Design and Security
  • Side Channels
  • Formal Methods and Security
  • Cloud and Network Security
  • IoT Security
  • Usable Security

About Us

A partnership to shape the future

Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology is a leading university in information security. Its research highlights include highly cited publications on hardware and software side-channel attacks, on the design and analysis of novel cryptographic primitives, and on methods to prove the correctness of systems. TU Graz researchers were part of the team that published the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in 2018.

TU Graz is excellent in basic research and equally strong in applying its research. The university has many collaborations with industry locally and worldwide. Furthermore, it hosts the Austrian eGovernment Innovation Center and A-SIT, the official government partner for IT security in Austria.

TU Graz is home to many excellent students in information security. All courses of the master and PhD programs at the department of computer science are in English.

SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. The SGS Group is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

SGS opens its subsidiary SGS Digital Trust Services GmbH at Cybersecurity Campus Graz which will be the global headquarters for testing and certification of secure products and systems. The site will feature a high-tech infrastructure in one of the world’s biggest cybersecurity evaluation labs, where security experts will focus on testing and certification of digital products, networked systems and online services. Until completion of the main building at Cybersecurity Campus Graz, SGS’s team will be based in a temporary facility on the Campus.

Contact Us

Let's get in touch

Do not hesitate and contact us.

Cybersecurity Campus Graz
Graz - University Of Technology
Inffeldgasse 16a
A-8010 Graz

+43 316 873 5514
+43 316 873 5514
cybersecurity@tugraz.at

Stefan Mangard

Professor for IT Security
Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications
Graz University of Technology

stefan.mangard@iaik.tugraz.at

Martin Schaffer

Global Head of Secure Products & Systems
Digital Trust Services
SGS Group

martin.schaffer@sgs.com