ATHENE accompanies and supports the digital transformation of society, the economy and the public sector to improve cybersecurity and data protection. In a unique and innovative cooperation model of university and non-university research, ATHENE conducts application-oriented top-level research for the benefit of the economy, society and the state.
ATHENE develops security solutions, regularly advises industry and public administration and supports company founders and start-ups. In doing so, the knowledge gained from the basic research carried out at universities is incorporated into further application-oriented research. With its research and development work, ATHENE covers a very wide range of expertise relevant to various technologies and application areas, such as the security of systems, software, applications, processes, hardware, data or Internet infrastructures. The research centre works in an agile and efficient manner, enabling it to respond quickly to new challenges and changing threat situations.
ATHENE is a research center of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with the participation of the Fraunhofer Institutes SIT and IGD as well as the TU Darmstadt, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. The centre is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts (HMWK) and is located in the city of science Darmstadt, Germany's top address for cyber security research.