Successful IT Security-Event at XITASO

The Mechatronics & Automation Cluster sent out invitations to come to Augsburg on December 5, 2018 to participate in the event “Security in Production Initiative: help for self-help”. The goal of the cluster initiative was to bring together users and producers with IT experts. With its experience as a software provider in the area of production, XITASO is aware of the importance of security in IT projects. This is why XITASO happily supported this kick-off as event partner and host.

After a brief welcoming by Günter Kornmann of the cluster, Dr. Kathrin Jaenicke from the Bavarian Centre for Digitalisation and Björn Hein of XITASO, the kick-off for “Security in Production” in southern Bavaria began at XITASO in Augsburg. The first IT security und production security opening event already took place on November 13, 2018 in Bubenreuth near Erlangen for the area of northern Bavaria. Both events were organised by the cluster in cooperation with the Bavarian Centre for Digitalisation and the Mittelstand 4.0 competence centre Augsburg.

During the introductory keynote, Christoph Baumgartner, software developer and security expert at XITASO talked about industrial security, potential attack scenarios as well as digital systems and prevention possibilities for companies and private individuals. For Baumgartner, it is essential for IT security, especially in the industrial sector, to not only protect software, hardware and data – an experienced developer makes sure that “IT security as a mindset” is lived by all employees of a company.

Other top-level speakers during this exciting afternoon came from the Cyber Alliance Centre in the Bavarian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Mittelstand 4.0 processes agency, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, or from Fraunhofer AISEC. Karl-Heinz John, board member of the Mechatronics & Automation Cluster had the chance to present the new specialist group in the cluster, Security, as well as the possibilities for networking, exchange and synergy effects in this area. Besides the presentations and exemplary live hacking, the around 65 participants were offered many possibilities to network, in order to keep driving forward security-relevant features and processes in the future.

XITASO is very happy to continue supporting the initiative of the cluster with its expertise and is looking forward to further joint events and other projects.

For more information about the cluster initiative, contact Karl Heinz John of the Mechatronics & Automation Cluster.