More transparency in cyber security

Dennis Weidlich, Tom Krauhausen, Patrick Lehmhecker and Sebastian Sontowski (left to right) from innogy received the Security Innovation Award 2018 in the prize category of  “Cyber Security/Economic Protection” during the ceremony at Messe Essen.

  • innogy develops Cyber Security Maturity Cockpit

  • Distinction with Security Innovation Award 2018

Protecting vital IT infrastructures against hacker attacks is becoming increasingly critical in companies. Yet, at the same time, IT infrastructures are gaining in complexity and volatility. As a result, organisations and companies are being faced with the challenge of creating transparency with regard to their cyber security measures and how effective they are. In light of this, innogy SE has devised a new and easy-to-use method for recording, assessing and continuously improving existing cyber security measures. This method is called the Cyber Security Maturity Cockpit (CSMC). The quality and importance of this solution have caught the attention of the organisers of security essen, the leading trade fair for civil security, who awarded innogy the Security Innovation Award 2018 in the prize category of “Cyber Security/ Economic Protection”. Representatives of the specialist departments of innogy received the prize during the award ceremony at the Messe Essen.

“In times of digitalisation, cyber security is largely responsible for the performance and success of a company. IT systems are of vital importance for all components of our daily operations. That’s why this issue is a top priority for innogy. We do everything in our power to protect our structures and come up with new concepts. The award is a tribute to our innovative strength and the commitment of our employees who have devised this tool. My special thanks go to them,” says Uwe Tigges, CEO of innogy.

Florian Haacke, Head of Group Security at innogy, adds: “At many companies, it takes a security incident for the issue of cyber security to be given the attention it deserves. We have proactively addressed this issue at innogy and CSMC has enabled us to create maximum transparency and awareness in the Group in the absence of a security incident. The tool answers the questions of what we do, how well we do it and how much it costs. Other companies can now also benefit from this product.”

The Cyber Security Maturity Cockpit measures the maturity, effectiveness and cost-efficiency of cyber security measures. The method is based on the international standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for information security management systems. It illustrates courses of action and priorities for mitigating risk in IT structures. In doing so, the tool creates transparency and enables decision-makers to make optimal use of resources. The results are detailed in the system and illustrated in a digestible graphical format. The Cyber Security Maturity Cockpit is versatile and therefore meets the requirements of groups, small and medium-sized companies and authorities.