acatech HORIZONS: Cyber Security
Why Cyber Security?
Why should we care about Cyber Security? Should private individuals and company employees pay any attention at all to this topic, or can they just leave it to their company’s IT experts? Does policymakers’ responsibility end with the establishment of cyber policies? And is it even worth trying to improve cyber security, or is the problem beyond our control?
The academy will address these questions about Cyber Security in the next report in its new acatech HORIZONS series, which will be published in summer 2019.
Connected digital technologies permeate every area of our lives. However, in order to make the most of their potential benefits, users must be confident about the security of these technological and social innovations. Cyber Security is thus not only key to achieving the digital transformation but is also a cornerstone of Germany’s and Europe’s technological leadership.
Due to the constantly growing threat posed by cyberattacks, targeted efforts in the field of Cyber Security must be strengthened in Germany and Europe in order to improve the current level of protection across all sectors of society.
The Cyber Security project group was established on 18 July 2018.
We have been talking about Cyber Security in Germany for many years, but there is still a lot of confusion among industry and the public. Are things not nearly as bad as they seem? Or is it just that we don’t know enough about the specific threats? Just how close to the abyss are we? I am delighted that acatech has decided to tackle these questions and provide clear, scientifically robust answers to them.
Jörn Müller-Quade, project group leader
Project group members
- Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade (project group leader)
KIT, Chair of Cryptography and IT Security / Director FZI Research Center for Information Technology
- Anette Bronder
Deutsche Telekom, Digital Division
- Paul Duplys
Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research
- Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert
TU München / Fraunhofer AISEC
- André Grochowy
Munich Re, Corporate Cyber Underwriting
- Alexander von Gernler
genua GmbH, Head of Research / Vice president Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)
- Reik Hesselbarth
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH, Managing Director / CFO
- Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel
Universität Potsdam / Hasso-Plattner-Institut
- Stephan Micklitz
Google Germany, Engineering Director
- Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner
TU Darmstadt / Fraunhofer SIT
Overview: the acatech HORIZONS series
In the acatech HORIZONS series, the academy explores important technology fields that are already looming large on the horizon, but where there is still some uncertainty about their potential impacts. More