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Open Source Security Solutions Protecting Employees and Data in Public Institutions

Open Security prevents the loss and (un)intentional misuse of sensitive, citizen-related data held by public bodies.


The aim of our research was to achieve a higher level of data security and availability, while reducing effort. To this end, the feasibility and possible implementation of a centralized security layer was examined based on our experience with intensive computing, anti-virus and encryption. The result is a layer which controls, verifies, and encrypts any and all communication that takes place on client devices (USB sticks, laptops, etc.). OpenSecurity is provided under a license that allows both public verification and customization within heterogeneous ICT-system landscapes. Achievements of the research activities:

  • Advanced safety and safety awareness of citizen
  • Protecting of employees from unintentional disclosure of sensitive data
  • Preventing uncontrolled data exchange




The project OpenSecurity was funded by the Austrian security research programme KIRAS of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit).

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