Sustainable security & safety: Challenges and opportunities

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  • Andrew Paverd
  • Marcus Völp
  • Ferdinand Brasser
  • Matthias Schunter
  • N. Asokan
  • Ahmad Reza Sadeghi
  • Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo
  • Andreas Steininger
  • Thorsten Holz

Research units

  • Microsoft USA
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Intel Labs
  • Vienna University of Technology
  • Ruhr University Bochum


A significant proportion of today’s information and communication technology (ICT) systems are entrusted with high value assets, and our modern society has become increasingly dependent on these systems operating safely and securely over their anticipated lifetimes. However, we observe a mismatch between the lifetimes expected from ICT-supported systems (such as autonomous cars) and the duration for which these systems are able to remain safe and secure, given the spectrum of threats they face. Whereas most systems today are constructed within the constraints of foreseeable technology advancements, we argue that long term, i.e., sustainable security & safety, requires anticipating the unforeseeable and preparing systems for threats not known today. In this paper, we set out our vision for sustainable security & safety. We summarize the main challenges in realizing this desideratum in real-world systems, and we identify several design principles that could address these challenges and serve as building blocks for achieving this vision.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Workshop on Security and Dependability of Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems, CERTS 2019
EditorsMikael Asplund, Michael Paulitsch
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Workshop on Security and Dependability of Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 9 Jul 20199 Jul 2019
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameOpen Access Series in Informatics
PublisherDagstuhl Publishing
ISSN (Electronic)2190-6807


WorkshopInternational Workshop on Security and Dependability of Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems
Abbreviated titleCERTS

    Research areas

  • Safety, Security, Sustainability

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