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Transparent IT Production for Digital Sovereignty

Digital security gaps affect citizens as well as companies and governments – IT experts plead for the use of verified open source products.
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Get out of the black box: Open source hardware can make IT systems more secure (Photo: Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons).

Whether in the automotive, the energy or the financial sector: information technology is increasingly penetrating all aspects of life. At the same time, security gaps in closed hardware and software produced in globalised supply chains are becoming increasingly incalculable. This is the result reached by IT security experts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, Fraunhofer Singapore, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, and Technical University of Berlin. In a White Paper on the topic of “digital sovereignty” that they just published, the authors propose that all the steps in the supply chain of IT products be made transparent – from the user software to the tools used in semiconductor fabrication plants.

Full text:Press Release 030/2018

jm, 22.03.2018