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DTU Compute researchers cooperate with Soonr on data security

Friday 17 Jan 14


Lars Ramkilde Knudsen
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 30 48


Mark Bernhard Riis
Head of Innovation
DTU Compute
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DTU Compute professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen and his research group cooperate with the Danish-American file sharing service Soonr about the development of a product which will give the customers more control over how their data is encrypted and decrypted.

After Edward Snowden’s revelations of American IT supervision many companies have set focus on data security.

Great increase and new recruitment

Soonr has experienced a huge increase, and the Danish newspaper Børsen writes in an article on 6 January 2014 about Danish entrepreneurs who gain from NSA scandal (’Danske iværksættere vinder på NSA-skandale’) that the company has experienced a great increase. Soonr has just employed five new engineers and plan to employ further staff.

Knowledge as a driving factor

The cooperation between DTU Compute and Soonr is part of an ambitious growth project ’Knowledge as a driving factor’ (‘Viden som Vækstmotor’) for up to 20 small and medium-sized companies in the Copenhagen area (Region Hovedstaden). The purpose of the project is to connect the companies closer to DTU researchers.


Scion DTU

The project is anchored at Scion DTU. DTU Compute is one among more DTU departments participating in the project. The project will run from the middle of 2013 till the end of 2014.


Cooperation between DTU researchers and high-tech companies

The ’Knowledge as a driving factor’ project is aimed at companies which either have a specific technological challenge or wish to investigate new possibilities in a high-tech field. Cooperation between DTU researchers and high-tech companies is the key to success, and the cooperation is supported by professional business support to help the companies gain commercial success.


Advantage for companies and researchers

The companies as well as the researchers profit from the project. The companies get an opportunity to implement new knowledge from high-tech research while receiving professional business counselling.  And the researchers get an opportunity to test their research in actual practice in small companies – companies they may not otherwise have cooperated with.