2023-02-03  The book chapter

Challenges in OT Security and Their Impacts on Safety-Related Cyber-Physical Production Systems, by Siegfried Hollerer, Bernhard Brenner, Pushparaj Rajaram,  Bhosale, Clara Fischer, Ali Mohammad Hosseini,  Sofia Maragkou, Maximilian Papa, Sebastian Schlund, Thilo Sauter & Wolfgang Kastner

was published in: Digital Transformation, Core Technologies and Emerging Topics from a Computer Science Perspective, Springer Verlag

2023-01-26    Faculty meeting



TÜV AUSTRIA #SafeSecLab Safety & Security Days 2022

2022-11-11     Safety & Security Days 2022, Stakeholder Workshop

2022-11-10     Safety & Security Days, Steering Board Meeting

2022-11-10     Safety & Security Days, Scientific Advisory Board Workshop


2022-11          Clara Fischer´s article „Different approaches of conducting the ergonomic assessment worksheet utilizing digital human models and motion tracking in industrial site assembly“, will be publisched at Intelligent Human Systems Integration (IHSI): Vol. 69, 2023 (in press. 2023)

2022-11          Clara Fischer made a significant contribution to the publication “Digital Ergonomics and Digital Work Planning in University Education: Experiences from Germany and Austria”, ZfA, Springer Verlag (in press. 2022)

2022-09-29  Siegfried Hollerer´s paper “Combined Modeling Techniques for Safety and Security in Industrial Automation: A Case study” was accepted at SINCONF 2022

2022-07-25    Mukund Bhole´s paper “A Model Based Framework for Testing Safety and Security in Operational Technology Environments’’ was accepted at IEEE/EFTA 2022

2022-07-25    Pushparaj Bhosale´s paper “Automating Safety and Security Risk Assessment in Industrial Control Systems: Challenges and Constraints” was accepted at IEEE/EFTA 2022

2022-06-08 Clara Fischer presented her publication “An Investigation of the Measurement of Transient Contacts in Human-Robots Interaction” at WFCS

2022-06-08    Siegfried Hollerer´s paper “Risk Assessments Considering Safety, Security, and Their Interdependencies in OT Environments” wa accepted at ARES 2022

2022-04-28    Faculty Meeting @ TIC (Technology & Innovation Centre TÜV AUSTRIA)

2022-04-28    Ali Hosseinis presented his paper “A Safety and Security Reference Architecture for Asset Administration Shell Design” at WFCS 2022

2022-03-31    Stakeholder Workshop – The results of the individual workshops were presented

2022-03-07   Bernd Hader presented his paper “Democratizing Industrial Collaborative Robot Technology through Interactive Workshops in Learning Factories” at CLF 2022

2022-02-03    Siegfried Hollerer has successfully passed his Proficiency Evaluation

2022-01-27     Faculty Meeting



TÜV AUSTRIA SafeSecLab Safety & Security Days 2021

2021-11-30     Safety & Security Days, Pilotfabrik: #SafeSecLab Faculty meets Stakeholder -> postponed to 2022-03-28

2021-11-29     Safety & Security Days, TU Wien: Scientific Advisory Board meets #SafeSecLab Faculty -> online

2021-11-29     Safety& Security Days, Steering Board Meeting -> online


2021-10-27     The final version of the book chapter “Challenges in OT-Security and their Impacts on Safety-related Cyber-Physical Production Systems” by Siegfried Hollerer, Bernhard Brenner, Pushparaj Bhosale, Clara Fischer, Ali Hosseini, Sofia Maragkou and Maximilian Papa was accepted and is about to be published soon via Springer

2021-10-15     Siegfried Hollerer’s paper “Security and safety threat modeling in edge computing.” was accepted at ACM/IEEE SEC

2021-10-11     Siegfried Hollerer presented the paper “Cobot attack: a security assessment exemplified by a specific collaborative robot” by Siegfried Hollerer, Clara Fischer, Bernhard Brenner, Maximilian Papa, Sebastian Schlund, Wolfgang Kastner, Joachim Fabini and Tanja Zsebyat at CRIP DET 

October 2021 Clara Fischers article “Ansatz zur Integration biomechanischer Grenzwerte1, Prozesssimulationen kollaborativer Mensch-Roboter-Arbeitssysteme” is published in the October issue of ASU Zeitschrift für medizinische Prävention

2021-09-17     Siegfried Hollerer’s journal article “Safety und Security – ein Spannungsfeld in der industriellen Praxis” was published in “Elektrotechnik & Informationstechnik”

2021-09-09     Raj Bhosale presents his paper “A Centralised or Distributed Risk Assessment using Asset Administration Shell” at IEEE ETFA

2021-06-09     Siegfried Hollerer and Ali Hosseini present their papers “(Towards a Threat Modeling Approach Addressing Security and Safety in OT Environments” and “Towards Adding Safety and Security Properties to the Industry 4.0 Asset Administration Shell” at IEEE WFCS

2021-03-03      Clara Fischer presented her paper “Ansatz zur Integration biomechanischer Grenzwerte in Prozesssimulationen kollaborativer Mensch-Roboter-Arbeitssysteme”, GfA, Dortmund (Hrsg.) at the  Frühjahrskongress 2021, Bochum, Arbeit HUMAINE gestalten



2020-12-03     Scientific Advisory Board Meeting #1

2020-09-15     #SafeSecLab Kick-off Event



Networked industrial manufacturing facilities require suitable system architectures that take into account both safety (the operation of the system must not harm humans) and security (protection against unauthorized manipulation). As part of the “TÜV AUSTRIA Research Lab for Safety and Security in Industry (#SafeSecLab)”, research questions on this topic are investigated within the framework of 9 dissertation projects at TU Wien. Through the support of experts from TÜV AUSTRIA and the involvement of stakeholders from industry, research results are transferred into industrial practice.


"THE Austrian initiative for industrial "Safety & Security"

Research Lab for Safety & Security in Industry

Aim and Content

Industrial automation, discrete manufacturing and process engineering are facing the digital transformation. Next to economic challenges, increased interconnection with components and systems from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) demands for thorough protection schemes. Operational Technology (OT) is highly susceptible to intentional (hacking) but also has to withstand unintentional compromises. This fact is exacerbated by the necessary links between Information Technology (IT) and OT in order to make industrial processes more efficient and consistent. Security breaches can therefore have a direct negative impact on the safety and, as a result, the personal safety of employees. Grounded IT security measures developed can only be partially used and adapted for OT. Industry urgently needs new methods, procedures and tools in order to be able to react to this. So as to develop appropriate solutions here, TÜV AUSTRIA and the TU Wien have launched a 5-year doctoral college, the TÜV AUSTRIA Research Lab for Security in Industry, or #SafeSecLab for short. Within the project 9 content-related PhDs work with shared supervision from TU Wien and TÜV AUSTRIA experts.


For industrial applications, integrated security & safety tools are researched, prototypically developed and evaluated based on industrial use cases. The developed tools are envisioned for entire life cycle support: design – operations – reconfiguration. Particular attention will be paid to modelling and simulation using digital twins. Furthermore, #SafeSecLab will develop new methods for SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), integrated threat modeling (threat modeling for vulnerability analysis), architecture modeling, suitable for an integrated safety & security view, (semi-automatic) test and verification.

The Project & Single Projects


A Joint Venture of TÜV AUSTRIA and TU Wien

TU Wien
The TU Wien is located in the heart of Europe, in a place of cultural diversity and internationality. Research, teaching and learning have been carried out here in the service of progress for over 200 years. TU Wien is one of the most successful technical universities in Europe and, with over 30,000 students and around 5,200 employees, is Austria's largest scientific and technical research and educational institution.

Technology for people

Under the motto "Technology for People", the TU Wien has been researching, teaching and learning for more than 200 years. The TU Wien has developed into an open university where discussions take place, opinions are expressed and arguments are heard. Although each and every one of them has individual life concepts and worldviews, the people who work at the TU Vienna, lead them and study here, advocate cosmopolitanism and tolerance.

TÜV AUSTRIA is an international company with branches in more than 20 countries around the world. TÜV AUSTRIA employs around 2,000 people (FTE) and generates around EUR 200 million in sales. The service competencies of the four business areas "Industry & Energy", "Infrastructure & Transportation", "Business Assurance" and "Digital Services" include the areas of testing, monitoring, certification, training and further education and consulting.

The innovation activities of TÜV AUSTRIA focus on the merging of the physical with the cyber world brought about by digitization, which leads to new requirements and stronger convergence of safety-related concepts and evaluations in functional safety and IT security. The increasing integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence in IoT and IIoT components also calls for new testing and certification processes in order to be able to guarantee the comprehensive security of cyber-physical systems.