According to virus protection software provider Symantec, 2013 was the year of “mega hacks”. Even if there were “only” eight cases of large-scale data theft in Germany, there were eight cases too many. And that only includes publicly announced criminal activity. According to Symantec’s annual security report, around 552 million digital identities worldwide ended up in the wrong hands. In comparison, only one case involving around 10 million stolen data records was identified in 2012. The increasing mobilization of the digital world and the practice of outsourcing data to the cloud make security issues more complex.
It’s obvious that prevention is more than necessary. And this is gradually becoming clear to those involved in business as well. Risk awareness with a focus on critical ICT systems is growing in globally active industries like the financial sector and the automotive industry. The trend toward digitalizing and mobilizing business processes is sharpening companies’ focus on security and availability around the globe. When a company uses IT infrastructures, infrastructures to steer their company throughout all value-added phases, the success of their business depends on using proven, secure systems. Highly secure software systems become a key factor of success in view of cyber crime. Requirements on systems, software and security engineering are growing tremendously in the age of globalization.