On this site the project partner of ESUKOM are described and presented with their professional areas. Under the URL address of the institutes and companies further references can be found.
The company DECOIT GmbH (www.decoit.de) is an IT competence partner to work out efficient technical solutions for their customers. Business processes and communication will be optimised in each project additionally. The company creates new IT solutions and implement them. This work will be done in close collaboration with their customers. If IT products are missing on the market, DECOIT will find out own solutions and develop them. Therefore, in cooperation with national and international partners DECOIT is able to realise different IT projects, successfully.
The professional area of the company includes:
- Definition of company strategies regarding evaluation and assessment of the market for know-how setup of their enterprise customers.
- Assessment of products independent from vendor or manufacturer for the development of efficient IT solutions.
- Technological consulting of companies with own know-how for holistic solutions. That includes consulting from a basis concept till a customer requirement specification. That is necessary to implement new IT solutions without problems into enterprise networks.
- Development of own IT solutions for creating added value for the customers.
- Software development of own solutions in the area of E-Business, E-Commerce (B2B, B2C), and Networking for own niches.
- Research and development projects to increase own know-how, create new products, and find new innovative partners.
The DECOIT GmbH has branch independent customers from the small and medium enterprise (SME) market. Large scale enterprises will be supported by new IT concepts (e.g. IT security concepts). SME companies get new concepts, implementations, and continuous IT support. Therefore, DECOIT GmbH is a full-service provider of flexible and secure solutions. Based on open source software mainly, the company develop new software products. In ESUKOM, the company is responsible for the coordination of the whole project. Additionally, DECOIT is an industrial development partner, which will work in assessment, conception, development, and implementation within the project. As vendor of IT security solutions, the company is very interested in further development, use, and marketing of the ESUKOM results.
Teaching and research, practice orientation, further education and internationality characterise the efficiency of the Fachhochschule Hannover (FHH), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. With roundabout 7.000 students the FHH is the second largest university in Hanover, the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony. Around 650 women and men are working at the FHH, which makes the university an important employer in the region, the budget comprising nearly 45 million Euro per annum, not regarding third-party funds.
The Trust@FHH research group of the Faculty IV – Business and Computer Science (trust.inform.fh-hannover.de) focuses on research in the area of Trusted Computing and Network Access Control. The Trust@FHH group developed TNC@FHH, one of the first open source implementations of the Trusted Network Connect framework. TNC@FHH is currently extended to support the capabilities of Trusted Platforms within the tNAC research project (tnac-project.org). FHH is liaison member of the TCG and takes part in the specification process.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) is an autonomous research organization with a decentralised organisational structure, which currently maintains more than 80 research facilities in Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT, www.sit.fraunhofer.de/en) is one of the pioneers within the field of IT-Security in Germany and Europe and has experience in development and promotion of security technologies and in embedding of security technologies into already established applications to make them trustworthy. The working areas of the about 165 employees range from basic applied research, the development of prototypes to product testing and customizing and implementing tailored security concepts and solutions.
Fraunhofer SIT has worked and is working in a number of projects that are particularly relevant for ESUKOM. These include the FP7 project Nanodatacenters, in which Fraunhofer SIT developed trustworthy platforms for Peer-to-Peer based transmission of multimedia data. Fraunhofer worked on the establishment of secure identities (EU FP7 SWIFT) and other projects, like serenity provided a foundation for security analysis. Furthermore, Fraunhofer SIT is actively involved in the work of the Trusted Computing Group and have been engaged in trusted computing projects with industrial partners like NSN, Nokia Siemens Networks, Siemens as well as the german BSI (the Federal Office for Information Security).
The Fraunhofer SIT is a specialist in the field of IT Security in Germany. The diverse experience of national and international projects will be made available in ESUKOM and for the ESUKOM partners. The contribution of Fraunhofer will concentrate on the definition and development of the model for metadata.
NCP engineering GmbH (www.ncp-e.com) was founded in 1986 and has its headquarters in Nuremberg. The company develops software for high security data transfer over public networks, LANs and the Internet. Core skills are: IP-routing, VPN-technologies, strong authentication, network access control (NAC), PKI certificate handling, identity and access management as well as encoding and firewall technology.
The company also offers an entire product portfolio for the operation of integrated VPN solutions, also known as "Next Generation Network Access Technology", with the aim to provide "Secure Communications". All software components are universal and compatible which guarantees data transfer to any remote access environment and the integration into already existing IT environments, i.e. even functionality with VPN gateways by other manufacturers. The integrated communication as well as automatic safety features makes the software easy to use and provide comprehensive protection of company networks against hacker attacks and industrial and economic espionage.
Intuitive user navigation is of utmost importance as this not only helps users to operate the software but also contributes to cost savings as there is less need for helpdesk intervention. NCP also takes a lot of care that the software is platform independent. Thus, the clients are available for Linux and Microsoft's mobile systems (Windows CE up to Windows Mobile 6.1, including Smartphone Edition) as well as Symbian (as of 3rd edition) in addition to standard Windows products (Windows 2000 to Windows 7 (XP/Vista/7 also in 64bit)). A comprehensive management system for the aforementioned components complement NCP's VPN portfolio. The software has also been tested by BSI and was classified as secure as part of a project relevant application recommendation. NCP software is also used as part of BSI's SiMKo (secure mobile communication) project on Smartphones with the Windows Mobile operating system. This reflects the experience and skills in the VPN sector as well as specifically in secure mobile communication.
By the same token, with national and international marketing, NCP collaborates with technology and OEM partners, as well as sales via system houses, distributors and resellers. Large and intermediate-sized industrial enterprises of all economic sectors, banks, insurers and public authorities are all in our circle of customers. NCP provides its own IT security components (VPN, firewall) and is interested in new trusted-computing approaches to secure its solutions. The aim is to participate actively in developments and integration and to evaluate the use to strengthen the company's products. The already existing marketing platform can then later also be used for ESUKOM.
macmon secure is a German IT manufacturer specialising in network security and is one of the pioneers among today’s NAC suppliers in Germany.The specially developed modular NAC solution protects the network from unauthorized and unsafe devices and from internal attacks. macmon covers different security requirements from the authentication of MAC addresses, to certificate-based solutions in accordance with IEEE 802.1X to the implementation of the Trusted Computing Group's security concepts. macmon is available as software or as an appliance and, as a solution which does not depend on one manufacturer, it can also provide total protection for heterogeneous networks.
Customers benefit from security skills, predictable costs and the high level of security of the software, combined with easy handling and running and the use of intelligent technologies. The joint use of macmon and many other leading security products and the ongoing expansion of its functions according to the latest developments and standards guarantee long-term reliability and protected investment.
macmon secure employs about 20 staff in Germany.
Companies from different sectors all over Europe benefit from macmon security services and products. The customer base includes among others, federal government ministries, Volkswagen, Müller Milch, ZF, RWE Power, SWR, Vivantes, ZIVIT, KfW Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, building societies and national banks.
macmon secure gmbh's head office is in Berlin. macmon secure is a member of BITKOM and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).