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IT security in the digital age

How much security is appropriate?

11/2015 - IT without security is inconceivable these days, but despite this, security should not hinder work unnecessarily. DB Systel is weighing up the options and ensuring an appropriate level of security.

Anyone discussing digital business solutions these days can no longer avoid the subject of security. In the age of continuous internet access and cloud services, the days have long since passed when you needed physical access to a computer, smartphone or tablet in order to steal data. Whether from hacker attacks or industrial espionage: corporate and customer data is exposed to continuous threats these days. Although a simple solution would be nice, it cannot always be realised.

Security must be included in planning from the word go

However much customers and employees may wish that security were something that others could deal with, it has long been an integral part of digital working – and will become even more so in future. For this reason, security must be considered at the product development stage, according to the principle of “Security by Design”. This demands careful consideration because, on the one hand, the developed software solutions must of course be secure but, on the other hand, the most secure program in the world will achieve nothing if it is too complicated for the user. A constant balancing act.

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We want to protect our employees and our customers. In day to day business, the effect may be overbearing. But if anything should happen, at least they are on the safe side.

Thomas Görlich, Head of IT Security Management at DB Systel

Achieving a balance between security and usability

The key thing here is that security measures should correspond to the threat level and to the relevance of the data to be protected in terms of security. In short: a commensurate approach is required. Because the aim is not to make everyday life unnecessarily complicated, but to make it as secure as necessary. “We do not want to get in the way of business, but to enable it,” says Thomas Görlich, Head of IT Security Management at DB Systel. “We want to protect our employees and our customers. In day to day business, the effect may be overbearing. But if anything should happen, at least they are on the safe side.” So DB Systel always insists on finding an appropriate, tailor-made solution to any individual problem.

Wide ranging protection

To this end, DB Systel relies on a wide variety of solutions paying particular attention to transparency, a continuous expansion of competence, the raising of encryption security and intensive co-operation. It is facing up to the digital challenge with its own Security and Data Protection Board, as well as by setting up a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). This way, IT security is being tightened – both for customers and their data.