The research project FIDI is concerned with developing novel methods for digital forensics and fighting cybercrime. As part of the project, we aim at bringing together concepts from computer security, machine learning, and system simulation to automatically extract characteristic traces from digital data. We plan to apply our methods in different real-world applications, such as the triage of hard-disk images, the analysis of mobile phones, and the dissection of malicious software.
The project has officially started in February 2018 and has a running time of three years. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project consortium consists of Technische Universität Braunschweig, ERNW Research, and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
FIDI is supported by the following investigating authorities: Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), Polizeidirektion Göttingen with LKA Niedersachsen and Polizeiinspektion Braunschweig.
Additional information are available in German on the corresponding webpage of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The TU Braunschweig was founded in 1745 and belongs to the TU9, the nine leading technical-oriented universities in Germany. The Institute of System Security at TU Braunschweig conducts research on computer and network security, including the detection of attacks, the analysis of malicious code, and the discovery of vulnerabilities. A special emphasis is put on the combination of computer security and machine learning, which allows for developing security systems that learn from data and adapt to changing threats.
ERNW is an independent IT Security service provider based in Heidelberg, Germany. Since its founding in 2001, our focus has been on consulting and testing in all areas of IT security, unallied from outside shareholders and a need to sell products. This independence and self-accountability drives us, as a company, to adhere to a higher standard of professional conduct and development. ERNW Research GmbH is part of the ERNW Universe and performs technical research projects and offers various services in the area of incident analysis, malware analysis and medical device security.
Founded in 1743, FAU is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with about 40.000 students. Research at the Security Lab at the Department of Computer Science is structured around the landscape of cybercrime with its three main groups of actors (attackers, users and investigators) and their main activities and deficits: attack and evasion for attackers, awareness and education for victims, evidence extraction and analysis for investigators.