UROP Project

Network Security in the Industrial Internet of Things



Daniel Holder

Program Director UROP


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Key Info

Basic Information

Project Offer-Number:
UROP International
Computer Science
Organisation unit:
Communication and Distributed Systems (Informatik 4)
Language Skills:
Fluency in English


The Internet of Things becomes increasingly interesting for the industry to interconnect supply chains leading to an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Higher process efficiency is one of the irrefutable advantages of this development. On the downside, however, former isolated environments need to be connected to the Internet. Hence, legacy devices need to cope with threats introduced by use cases they never were designed for. Further, current security solutions focus on IT networks without any operational technology. We design and realize security mechanisms tackling both of these topics. Moreover, we perform Internet measurements helping us to describe what industrial devices are connected to the Internet. The exact project topic, methods, and outcome will be defined at a later date, depending on our research progress and/or your interests and skills. General information on our research environment are available at https://www.comsys.rwth-aachen.de/research/security-and-privacy/


This is a great opportunity for you to actively engage in and contribute to original research in the area of security and privacy in industrial contexts, a field that is rapidly evolving at the moment. RWTH Aachen University offers an excellent, interdisciplinary research environment, which stimulates cooperation between research groups inside and outside the department of computer science. Our group is home of a crowd of enthusiastic Bachelor, Master, and PhD students and offers an attractive work environment full of creativity. For the project, we will provide you with a workplace in one of our project rooms and all other necessary infrastructure. You will interact closely with your supervisor as well as other researchers on a daily basis.


Your project will describe a small, independent block of research that you are responsible for, and which you will be able to undertake independently with the help of your supervisor. Research in our group typically consists of the design, implementation, and evaluation of communication systems. For this topic, you should be interested in computer networking, security, and privacy and have solid programming skills, preferably in Python, Java, and/or C/C++. You should also have basic Linux skills. Knowledge on the concepts of secure communication protocols (such as TLS or IPsec), or the (Industrial) Internet of Things is a plus but not mandatory. You should have curiosity, an independent working method, and the willingness to bring in and discuss your own ideas and solutions. If you feel interested in this opportunity, we welcome you to apply!