IEA Report: Enhancing Cyber Resilience in Electricity Systems

April 2021

In early April 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Flagship Report ‘Electricity Security 2021’. The report consists of several topic-specific reports covering...

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ISS Automotive Expert Dialogue

March 2021

As a continuation of the Automotive Security Summit in November 2020, a follow-up expert dialogue on the newly enforced UNECE cybersecurity regulations R.155 and...

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Final Report of the NATO IST-152 Research Group on Autonomous Agents for Cyber Defense

September 2019

Tasked by the Armed Forces of Germany, Guido Gluschke contributed to the final report of the NATO IST-152 research group on autonomous agents for...

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ISS-Report: Attribution of Cyber Incidents – A Framework for an International Cyber Attribution Council

July 2019

The report evaluates existing information and academic literature regarding the attribution of cyber incidents. More precisely, it focuses on an appropriate framework for the...

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On the Passing of Prof. Dr. Friedrich Holl

We mourn the sudden loss of our institute’s co-director Prof. Dr. Friedrich Holl who died in a tragic accident on August 13, 2019. Prof. Holl was a highly respected, trusted and beloved supervisor and colleague. Prior to being instrumental in the foundation of the ISS, he was a Professor at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he used to hold the position of Dean of Studies for the groundbreaking Security Management Master program.

Even after his official retirement as a Professor he remained very engaged in the activities of the ISS, not least in the Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) project. We shall miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Institute for Security and Safety (ISS)

The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) is located in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany. The ISS focuses on research, international education and training concepts in the areas of nuclear security and cyber security. We believe that people make the difference as to whether or not security works. That is why we put great emphasis on training, exercises and exchange of educational experiences.

As an institute of the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, we are able to offer sophisticated national and international education concepts with direct links to university programs. Our main area of work is in the context of nuclear security – with a strong focus on cyber security. These areas are linked together by “security management”, the overall discipline addressing many essential aspects in the field of security.

Most of our lecturers, researchers and trainers are also practitioners with hands-on experience and a broad understanding of how to implement security.

The ISS is a NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2016. We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ISS Research Project in Cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)

“Cyber Security at Nuclear Facilities: National Approaches”

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has launched several projects to (i) understand the threat and current efforts to address the cyber-nuclear threat; (ii) identify gaps in current efforts and major challenges; and (iii) consider a path forward for addressing these challenges.

This research paper presents the results of one of those projects conducted in joint cooperation between NTI and ISS.

The purpose of this project is to understand and characterize current national approaches to cyber-nuclear security. Project contributions were made by the following ISS staff members: Prof. Friedrich Holl, Guido Gluschke, Andrea Cavina, Anna-Maria Praks and Marco Macori.

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Please visit this NTI page for more information on this and other NTI projects on “Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats”:

NTI-projects – Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

The Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences is an innovative and unique distance learning program, which equips participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge on the interconnected dynamics in the field of nuclear security. See

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High-end knowledge about physical protection and cyber security for nuclear facilities, institutions and materials is very rare and focused on a few geographical spots whereas people urgently seeking for it are widely spread all-over the world. Bringing the students into places where the skills reside is costly and in many cases unaffordable.

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The threat from cyber attacks is increasingly perceived as a problem of national and international security as cyber attacks grow in numberand sophistication and as actors behind them are no longer only private hackers and organized criminals but also states.

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The threat from cyber attacks is increasingly perceived as a problem of national and international security. Nation states need to seriouslyaddress the way to protect their information networks in particular those related to nationalsecurity and critical infrastructure from any attacker.

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