Cybersecurity: Berlin keeps a Watchful Eye on Threats from Virtual Space
Hackers cause billions of euros of damages with their attacks on IT systems in Germany every year. According to estimates by the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), a quarter of Berlin companies have already been victims of data theft, industrial espionage and sabotage. Using sophisticated cybersecurity technologies to protect systems, processes, networks and infrastructures is absolutely essential, particularly in an IT hub like Berlin.
What is Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity (also called ITSec) is concerned with protecting information technologies (physical servers, clouds, mobile end devices and networking things) from data theft and damage to their software and hardware. The term covers not just actual computer security but also restoration after cyberattack, and training for end users in the right ways to handle critical infrastructures.
The Berlin Cybersecurity Ecosystem
Security in cyberspace has been on the agenda of the Berlin ICT Cluster since 2002. And as early as 2011 protection of IT infrastructure and corporate data was defined by the Joint Innovation Strategy of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB) as a cross-industry cross-sectional issue. innoBB25, the updated version of the strategy produced in 2019, rates IT security among the technology fields with the greatest potential for innovation in Berlin and Brandenburg.
This applies with particular force to the regional research landscape. A total of ten scientific establishments are now researching issues of digital security in Berlin and Brandenburg, spearheaded by the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOCUS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich- Hertz-Institut (HHI). The Technical University of Berlin also sets standards with its three chairs on cybersecurity issues. These are Secure and Trustworthy Network-connected Embedded Systems Architectures; Security in Telecommunications; and Distributed Security Infrastructures. The Berlin Cyber Akadamie, a training and educational centre for information security, is yet another lighthouse in the education landscape.
Industry associations drive forward cybersecurity in Berlin with projects, information material and networking events. The most high-profile initiatives include:
- Association for Security in the Berlin-Brandenburg Economy – VSW-BB
- it´s.BB – The Berlin-Brandenburg Security Network
- Federal Association for IT Security – TeleTrusT
- Digital Business Association Berlin-Brandenburg SIBB e.V.
Cybersecurity: Berlin has solutions
The Fraunhofer Institute FOCUS counted over 250 cybersecurity companies in Berlin in 2018. The industry leader is the Federal Printing Office with nearly 2,000 employees. Founded in 1879, this state-owned company now develops IT security solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises, public authorities and governments across the whole world. The security technology specialist M&H IT Security also has a similar international outlook. One of its most famous solutions is the NovaPath software which classifies data and emails according to confidentiality, thus protecting them from unwanted access. Zertifikon Solutions develops special software packets for encryption of e-mails according to stringent data protection and legal requirements. And many other global providers, consultants and suppliers in the IT security industry such as Accenture, PWC, SAP, CGI, IBM and T-Systems International also have offices in Berlin. These corporations benefit from new impulses generated by the numbers of innovative start-ups in cybersecurity who’ve opened their businesses in the German capital in recent years.
M&H IT Security: ZF rolls out NovaPath – the world’s biggest installation for classifying information
ZF is a leading global technology company in the fields of driveline and chassis technology, and active and passive security technology. The company, which employs approximately 135,000 people at 230 production locations in some 40 countries, has now set a further milestone in its information security strategy with the introduction of a classification solution for documents and e-mails.
Bundesdruckerei supports medium-sized businesses during digitisation
For many decades, Bundesdruckerei was widely known as a producer of ID cards and passports, banknotes and postage stamps. Today, Bundesdruckerei has become a highly advanced IT security company. Now digitised, Bundesdruckerei is using its own experience to advise other companies.