DIGITIZING EUROPE'S INDUSTRY
When Günther Oettinger became EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in 2014, his nomination raised eyebrows all across Europe. Aged 60 at the time, Oettinger neither offered a track record in tech policy nor had he shown noteworthy interest in this sector before. From the point of view of his critics, Oettinger clearly seemed to be an awkward choice for leading the EU into a bright digital future. After 16 months in office, however, Oettinger has proved the pessimists wrong...
INVENTING THE INCONCEIVABLE
Fixing a sensor to a component in order to find out what happens to it during the production process is an important way of collecting information. Connectivity solutions are the specialty of research engineer Dr. Nelly Frank. Frank is a computer scientist working at Bosch’s advance engineering center in Renningen. She and her fellow colleagues are inventing future products.
SECURITY: A MOVING TARGET
Finding the gap in the defense is the goal of the offense. The quarterback and his players run, pass and move down the field to finally enter the end zone of the opposing team: Touchdown! Hackers use a strategy similar to that of a football team in attacking the opposing side. And in the end, they, too, often win.
A PART OF THE GAME
Today's windows have burglar-proof glass, while front doors have special locking mechanisms. The goal is to make life as hard as possible for burglars. Machine manufacturers also seek to prevent unauthorized access to their products by virtual intruders, with security by design.
HOW TO PROTECT NETWORKED PRODUCTION
What if cyber attacks affected digital manufacturing in the worst imaginable way? Instead of pondering this question over and over, German industry and academia joined forces to work on ways to prevent networked production from cyber attacks and spying. On the initiative of VDMA, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports a national reference project entitled IUNO which focuses on information technology (IT) security in so-called Industrie 4.0 with funding totaling 20 million euros. The total volume of the project amounts to 33 million euros.
CYBER SECURITY FOR THE EU: ONE APPROACH FOR ALL
If cyber security was only a matter of technology, European companies would have nothing to worry about, believes Oliver Winzenried. “To the best of our knowledge, Europe is well prepared compared to the rest of the world − at a technology level, at least,” says the German entrepreneur. As founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems, a supplier of security software from Karlsruhe specializing in serving clients from the mechanical engineering industry, Winzenried’s judgment matters. Knowing that companies need to protect themselves against cyber attacks is the core of his business.