Civil security research focuses on the research and development of solutions to protect citizens and critical infrastructure from damage caused by natural disasters and major accidents, threats posed by terrorism, and organised crime. These solutions contribute to improving the security of citizens and thus their quality of life and to strengthening the civil security economy.
Security is the basis for a free life and an important factor for prosperity in Germany. However, modern progress means that security challenges are subject to constant change. In recent decades, global security architecture and security risks in society have undergone fundamental changes. Direct and indirect threats such as terrorism, organised crime, targeted cyber-attacks and cybercrime, and piracy, as well as resource and energy shortages, climate change and the associated natural disasters place new demands on national security. In order to be able to meet these new requirements, science and research are playing an increasingly decisive role alongside government and business.