• New Policy Paper

    "The Hidden Cost of Untrusted Vendors in 5G Networks" In this policy paper, the authors explain why the security of 5G networks is of greater significance for the economy than was the case with 4G. They outline the costs associated with building networks using untrusted technology, and try to measure those costs where possible. In the appendix country studies are included for Germany, France, Italy and Portugal.

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  • Latest Study

    "Based on different threat scenarios, this brief study outlines the effects on the transport modes road, rail and waterways and determines the resulting need for action for rail freight transport. The terminals for multimodal transport are of particular importance in this context. Possible measures such as the provision of reserve capacities and thus the pricing of risks when determining the optimal utilisation of the transport networks or the creation of emergency schedules for freight transport that can be implemented immediately will be critically reflected upon."

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  • Latest Perspectives on Homeland Security

    "Kosten der Gewalt gegen polizeiliche Einsatzkräfte" - Violent clashes between law enforcement officers and their so-called police counterparts are frequent and harmful. Both in the context of everyday services such as traffic controls, as well as in special operations around major events, from the evacuation of occupied buildings to the deployment of special forces [...]

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Economics of Security

The economics of security examines the provision of scarce goods and services that contribute to the state of security in a particular place. Security is defined as a function of Threat and Protection, with Security decreasing in the former and increasing in the latter.* This broad definition** encompasses […]

Cyber Security

BIGS is particularly dedicated to the economic and social dimensions within the research field of cyber security. Although cooperation between government, business and science regarding cyber security is improving on the national as well as international level, there is still […]

Capacity Building for the European Security Research

Besides participating in European security research projects itself, BIGS has also developed an expertise in capacity building in the respective field. As a core partner in the supportive action fit4sec for many years, we are involved in partner management of the growing fit4sec-network […]

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Research at the institute seeks to analyze security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to supply needed insights into these issues, while at the same time strengthening Germany’s broader security architecture over the long term.

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