SASER - Safe and Secure European Routing

The Internet has become an indispensable part of the infrastructure for most of the aspects of daily life and has developed to a fundamental infrastructure for Europe. The uninterrupted, reliable and secure access to the Internet is seen as a basic need for all citizens and a significant economical factor. The current infrastructure lacks many of those features which are obviously associated with a trusted, safe and secure communication medium. The number of attacks on Internet-connected systems is growing and the attacks have become more serious and more technically complex than in the past. With the increasing number of sensitive applications, e.g. e-government or e-commerce, in particular the following critical issues and obstacles gain importance: security and privacy, service quality and reliability, instantaneous and protected access, and scalability. Within the SASER-SIEGFRIED project all project partners together will design a network architecture and technologies for secure future networks in close collaboration. The target is to correct security vulnerabilities of today’s IP-layer networks in the 2020 time frame. The following activities will be accomplished to achieve this objective:

Glasfaser Firstly, data transmission will be downscaled as far as possible to lower network layers (physical layer and data layer), to reduce the need of IP routers, which have to be considered as critical to security. This can be realized by adopting technologies of network virtualization and efficient redundancy, based on flexible and highly available optical systems. Secondly, mechanisms of security for future networks will be designed, based on an analysis of remaining security problems in the IP layer (for example: Backdoor and Anomaly detection).

Administrative Information


BMBF GrantCelticplus Grantvdevdiit Project Management

Selected Publications


Felix Schus­ter, Thors­ten Holz
20th ACM Con­fe­rence on Com­pu­ter and Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Se­cu­ri­ty (CCS), Ber­lin, No­vem­ber 2013

Felix Schus­ter, Ste­fan Rüs­ter, Thors­ten Holz
10th Con­fe­rence on De­tec­tion of In­tru­si­ons and Mal­wa­re & Vul­nerabi­li­ty As­sess­ment (DIMVA), Ber­lin, July 2013