The City of Berlin has extended its contract with SerNet GmbH for the use of the ISMS tool "verinice". For another four years, the state administration institutions will thus use this widely used OpenSource tool for managing information security. The contractual partner on the side of German's capital is the IT Service Center "ITDZ - IT-Dienstleistungszentrum Berlin". The ITDZ Berlin also uses verinice for its own purposes and was the first company to receive the BSI certificate according to the modernized IT base line security "IT-Grundschutz" in 2018.
Besides the use for the management of information security, verinice is also used for data protection management. For this purpose, the Berliners use a SerNet data protection module specially designed for the modernized IT-Grundschutz. The tool can be used in all Berlin state institutions - the institutions in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin state administration with main and 11 district administrations, including the 9 senate administrations and their subordinate authorities, institutions and companies - such as Berlin's vocational schools.
Karsten Pirschel is IT Security Officer at ITDZ Berlin and welcomes the continued cooperation: "We are able to enable the rapid adaptation of the modernized IT-Grundschutz and the possibility of using it from school operations to KRITIS environments via a central tool in the City of Berlin".
Michael Flürenbrock, verinice Product Owner, is excited about the continuation and expansion of the long-standing cooperation: "verinice is mainly created at the SerNet location in Berlin - 100% made in Germany. We are particularly pleased that our product is to be used throughout the country, especially here". SerNet managing director Reinhild Jung adds: "It is great that the state of Berlin is also following our open source strategy: Fully disclosed source code is an important contribution to security management".
About verinice: verinice is the only tool for the management of information security under Open Source license. It is used in 4 German 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 ISO 27001 in addition to IT-Grundschutz and is in use here at companies throughout Europe and also at the Council of the European Commission or European National Banks.