User Authentication

Cybersecurity learning lab

Demonstration | Threat scenario

This demonstrator shows PKI-based authentication for controlling a plant using a hardware security module (SmartCard). Based on the certificate, access rights can be defined in a fine-grained manner. By using the SmartCard, two-factor authentication and protection of the authentication medium (private key) is ensured.


  • SmartCard for secure storage of private keys and signature generation
  • Current, commercially available automation technology

Benefit | Further training opportunity

Possible scenarios for the use of public key infrastructures (PKI) in automation applications can be concretely addressed with the help of the demonstrator.

Research Purpose

Demonstrator related to the development and testing of:

  • Various validation mechanisms (online/offline)
  • Use of security tokens (smart card, mobile device).