2020 has proven to be an exceptional and challenging year for all. Thanks to the unified effort of all colleagues, SerNet has been able to navigate well through the past months, which have been marked by Corona. So it is time to express our thanks: thanks to all colleagues who have been committed to working together, and thanks in particular to all our customers and business partners. Instead of showering everyone with appropriate thank-you cards at the end of the year, SerNet has donated to a social cause - the Tafel Göttingen e.V.
Managing Director Reinhild Jung: "As in the past, we refrain from sending Christmas cards for ecological reasons and prefer to donate the corresponding amount to a good cause." An important component of the daily work at SerNet is to maintain good and trusting relationships with all customers and business partners. That is why she is sure that this action is in everyone's interest. "We want to show our sense of responsibility and a pro-social commitment with our donation at the end of the year," says Jung.
SerNet colleagues were called upon to suggest a project close to their hearts. In the end, the Tafel Göttingen was drawn, and received 2,000 euros. In an open letter (read more: https://www.tafelgoettingen.org/offener-brief-an-die-politik-100emehr/), the organization had already pointed out in the spring that the Covid 19 pandemic was exacerbating the already difficult situation of those affected. The number of new registrations had already risen perceptibly at that time. "We are convinced that our donation is in good hands with Tafel Göttingen and can be put to good use," emphasizes SerNet managing director and founder Dr. Johannes Loxen.
The entire SerNet wishes a peaceful and, above all, healthy Christmas season with the prospect of a more enjoyable 2021.
verinice.XP is the conference for users of the OpenSource ISMS tool verinice. On February 24 and 25, 2021, it will take place for the first time in a new format as an online event. Tickets for the conference as well as for the preceding workshops on February 23 can be booked at verinicexp.org. Please consider that the conference language is German.
The organizing committee decided to switch to the new format due to the corona situation. Nadine Dreymann, who is responsible for verinice.XP at organizer SerNet, says: "Unfortunately, we have to do without in-person networking this time, but overall we see many advantages in a digital conference." Besides the obvious security factor, a virtual event opens up more flexible participation options. Speakers give their presentations live via zoom, so that participants can follow and engage in the conference from any location via the Internet. Dreymann: "Of course we will come up with ideas to make verinice.XP the usual high-quality and also buoyant experience".
Early-bird tickets for the online edition of verinice.XP 2021 are available at a price of 66 Euro. From December 12, 2020, the regular ticket will be available for 99 Euro.
The Call for Papers will run until December 11, 2020. Well-founded presentations and reference projects are still accepted for the agenda: IT security, data protection (EU-DSGVO) as well as KRITIS and industry standards will provide the participants with two days of information. Pioneering innovations in verinice will also have their place in the online program.
The workshops scheduled for the day before the conference (February 23) will also be held remotely. The topics are available for selection:
- Implementation of modernized IT baseline protection in verinice (workshop with Ulf Riechen, Riechen Consulting)
- Modernized IT baseline protection – the ultimate perspective (Workshop with Dirk Brand, Sila Consulting)
The costs for a workshop participation are 199 Euro. Further details on the contents can be found on the conference website at verinicexp.org.
For the ISMS tool verinice, the sector-specific standard B3S Krankenhaus (hospital) is now available. It supports hospitals in implementing requirements for the protection of their information infrastructure. Users can apply the standard in the IT baseline protection or in the ISM/ISO perspective. The standard is published by the German Hospital Federation. As additional content for verinice, it can be purchased via the verinice.SHOP or downloaded from the verinice.PRO repository. Please note: This B3S is only available in German.
Hospitals with more than 30,000 inpatient cases per year are considered "critical infrastructures". They are subject to special legal requirements to protect their information infrastructure. To support this, the German Hospital Federation has developed the industry-specific security standard for hospital healthcare (B3S Krankenhaus). The verinice.TEAM at SerNet has prepared this standard for verinice: For the perspective of the modernized IT baseline protection all requirements are listed as well as sector-specific threats, which can be modeled in verinice on the IT organizations. In addition, a model of a sample hospital is available, which contains sample structures and thus facilitates the introduction. For the ISM/ISO perspective, an example organization has been created, which contains all central contents of the security standard (for the exact contents see the store at https://shop.verinice.com/de/content/).
Michael Flürenbrock, verinice-Product-Owner: "We are convinced that the combination of verinice and the sector-specific standard is a great help for hospitals in securing their information infrastructure". In addition, a data protection module could be used and this sensitive area for hospitals could also be covered by verinice. SerNet managing director Reinhild Jung also points out that verinice is 100% open source and 100% "Made in Germany". SerNet GmbH is the publisher of verinice and pursues an open source strategy with completely disclosed source code. Jung: "This in particular is an important contribution to security management for critical infrastructures.
Ulf Riechen and Dirk Brand (Sila Consulting) were actively involved in the implementation of the B3S Krankenhaus for verinice. Both are long-standing verinice.PARTNERs and experts. The verinice.TEAM was able to create the now available additional content based on their work and would like to thank them explicitly for their commitment! The verinice partners are an important part of the verinice ecosystem. With their proven expertise, they advise customers, among others with specialization in the healthcare sector, and help to continuously develop verinice according to customer experiences and requirements.
About verinice: verinice is the only tool for the management of information security under OpenSource license. It is used in 4 federal states and in more than 40 federal authorities, as well as in a large number of municipalities, public utilities and other public institutions, especially for critical infrastructures. For the industrial sector, verinice supports the ISO 27001 in addition to theIT baseline protection of the BSI and is in use here at companies throughout Europe as well as at the Council of the European Commission and European National Banks. SerNet, as the publisher of verinice, also holds the trust seals "IT security made in Germany" and "IT security made in EU".
On 4 November 2020, Know IT Göttingen, an IT trade congress for trainees, took place in the Lokhalle Göttingen. 160 participants followed the event, which was streamed due to the Corona pandemic. Among the speakers was Jule Anger, a SerNet GmbH scholarship holder, who presented her project "Embargio".
Jule Anger works as a student trainee in the "SAMBA" team alongside her computer science studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. In her lecture, she presented her project "Embargio": An Embargo Control Software, which is a student research project commissioned by SerNet. The aim is to be able to match sanctions lists with the help of open source software. "Embargio" is to be freely available on GitLab from January 2021. The URL embarg.io is projected.
Know IT is an event for professional exchange and IT career orientation. The speakers are all IT trainees, the participants are final-year or pre-degree students. The joint organisers are gpdm mbH, the IT-InnovationsCluster Südniedersachsen, the Federal Employment Agency Göttingen and the Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtentwicklung Göttingen mbH (GWG).
Starting their apprenticeships, young people at SerNet GmbH in Göttingen once again seized their chance and launched into working life. Whether training, studies or thesis work: SerNet enables and supports a wide range of options for optimally promoting young talent - even in the corona pandemic. A total of 11 trainees and students are currently employed by SerNet.
Thomas Pach began his IT specialist training in system integration in the ITSEC department. Felix Ducke and Tim Herwig are already in their third and second year of training respectively. The winwerk-Team is also training an IT specialist in system integration: Oskar von Ohlen has just started his second year of training. Niklas Spuck is a trainee IT specialist in application development and enriches the SAMB team.
A new addition to the SerNet administration team is a dual student who is starting her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. SerNet is a partner company of the VWA Göttingen and the University of Cooperative Education Göttingen. Parallel to the three-year Bachelor's degree course, students at SerNet complete their training as office management assistants with a final IHK examination.
SerNet supports former trainees in their subsequent studies: Jonas Reineke and Lukas Henze take advantage of this opportunity. They work with a working student contract during the lecture-free period as fully trained IT specialists in their former training areas. There is also a working student in the Samba team - she is studying computer science at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen.
Training options are also available at the Berlin location in the verinice team. Here SerNet cooperates with the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Since the beginning of August, Yasmine Khemiri has been working as part of the team on her master's thesis for the Business Informatics course with a focus on IT management/project management. Finn Westendorf is beginning his final year of training as an IT specialist in application development. Most recently, Tatjana Anisow successfully completed her extra-occupational master's degree in Security Management at Brandenburg Technical University.
Are you interested in a career opportunity with SerNet? The ITSEC department is currently looking for a trainee IT specialist in system integration to start training in August 2021. The verinice team will also be offering a training position as an IT specialist in application development from August 2021. For more information, please visit our Open Positions page. We are also happy to discuss the possibility of writing a scientific thesis with us.