Comprehensive security portfolio for critical infrastructures

Successfully countering escalating cyber attacks in the public sector

As the public sector continues its digitisation journey, all stakeholders are confronted with a surge in cyber attacks targeting digital identities. Safety and security protocols must be established and routinely updated to keep pace with evolving technology. Critical infrastructures, the public sector and businesses are primary targets of these attacks. The tactics employed by attackers have evolved significantly, transitioning from indiscriminate attacks to targeted cyber attacks on specific entities. Hackers are now adopting highly strategic methodologies.

Approximately 250,000 new instances of malware and 21,000 systems infected with malicious software are documented daily. 

(Source: German Federal Office for Information Security – BSI, Die Lage der IT-Sicherheit in Deutschland 2023)

Germany’s federal government has long been a pioneer in digital security. Data protection is paramount, crucial for fostering citizens’ confidence in a secure digital public administration.

Enhanced security in an interconnected world

achelos presents an innovative array of solutions and bespoke services rooted in cutting-edge technologies and encryption methodologies. With over a decade of experience, we’ve delivered cybersecurity and digital identity management solutions as an independent supplier. achelos undertakes large-scale projects nationally and across Europe, safeguarding personal, confidential and highly sensitive data.

In sectors where security is paramount, new systems and services typically undergo rigorous functional and security approval processes before deployment. achelos offers comprehensive support to clients in developing and obtaining approval for new products, components or solutions in line with current standards. We guide projects from inception to completion, providing consultation, planning, development, test management and approval services throughout the process.

Process-oriented technology consultancy for ID cards

Germany’s government launched the new ID card on 1 November 2010. By offering process-oriented technology consultancy and integrating eID solutions in and around the new ID card, achelos has established itself as a specialist in secure business processes related to ID cards within the public sector. The achelos team has extensive expertise in chip card and PKI technology across the entire value chain.


Robust tool for card reader compliance testing

achelos has developed a robust test suite for both standard and premium ID (PA) card readers. Leveraging achelos’ robust and user-friendly testing platform, this security product is employed by prominent terminal manufacturers. Primarily designed for software and hardware developers, the Java-based system offers comprehensive debugging and reporting capabilities.


Expertise in eIDAS development, testing and certification

achelos also uses its expertise for development, testing and certification activities for compliance with the European eIDAS regulation. As part of a banking project, achelos assisted in certifying a module for remote signature methods, making sure it adhered to the Common Criteria (CC) protection profile within the eIDAS framework.


achelos has a diverse range of reference projects spanning various sectors, including:

  • Electronic ID systems (ID card)
  • Electronic health cards (eGK, telematics infrastructure)
  • Digital tachographs and driving licences
  • Bank cards with chip
  • Security in electronic communication
  • Public Key Infrastructures
  • Digital signatures

Secure IT infrastructures for successful digitisation

Innovative technical solutions for security-critical fields of application, including:

  • Identity card (PA)
  • Electronic health card (eGK)
  • Security in electronic communication (TLS and IKE/IPsec)
  • Public Key Infrastructures (PKI)
  • Digital signatures

Expertise in the field of security and prevention:

  • Design
  • Specification
  • Development
  • Integration
  • Testing of security-relevant software

IT security consulting:

  • GDPR
  • ISMS
  • B3S

Development of test concepts and test management:

  • For conformity testing with technical specifications and BSI guidelines
  • Robust test centre for automating test workflows

Preparation of evaluations and certifications according to security standards such as:

  • Common Criteria
  • FIPS

Our mission is to assist our clients in translating legal and individual security mandates into stable, user-centric and future-proof solutions. Expert consulting services mark the initial phase of a process that integrates ‘Security by Design’ principles from inception to implementation, culminating in the delivery of flexible, robust solutions supported by documented test outcomes.

The achelos team comprises recognised experts in security technology who have a proven history of successful project delivery on a global scale. We stand ready to be your trusted cybersecurity partner in the public sector.

Any questions? Your contact person for queries in this field is:

Heinfried Cznottka

Director Security Solutions +49 5251 14212-327

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