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.
SerNet GmbH uses the seal "IT Security made in EU" from now on. The trust mark is an initiative of TeleTrusT, the German IT Security Association, and complements the already established "IT Security made in Germany".
To be allowed to use the trust mark "IT Security made in EU", companies must commit themselves to binding criteria. These include, among other things, that offered products may not contain any hidden access points (no "backdoors") and that the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation are respected. Further details on the initiative and the criteria can be found on the TeleTrust website.
TeleTrusT is, according to its own statement, the largest competence association for IT security in Germany and Europe. SerNet is a member since 2015. Currently, 60 TeleTrusT members have applied to use the "IT Security made in EU" mark.
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.
Unfortunately, a traditional date in the verinice calendar has to be cancelled this year due to the Corona pandemic: The it-sa. After extensive deliberations, NürnbergMesse decided that the changed conditions would be too much of a hindrance to an it-sa in autumn 2020. This includes the presentation of a new verinice version at it-sa and the intensive personal exchange between the verinice team, partners and users on site.
According to a statement by NürnbergMesse, the cancellation "reflects the wishes of the industry, which is questioning the dialogue between exhibitors and visitors, which is characterized by intensive technical discussions and partly confidential consultations, under hygiene and distance rules". SerNet and the verinice team are currently considering how the resulting gap can be reasonably closed. Information will be announced in advance on verinice.com.
The next it-sa will take place from October 12 - 14, 2021 at the NürnbergMesse exhibition center. SerNet and the verinice team are planning to be on site with partners as usual.
The year 2020 also brought new challenges for the Samba eXPerience: The 19th international conference revolving around the OpenSource software Samba took place from 26th - 28th May 2020 for the first time exclusively in digital form. The annual meeting of the international Samba team, which is usually held in Göttingen, was also extremely successful as an online event. The sambaXP 2020 was again sponsored by Google and Microsoft.
Thanks to the virtual format, the sambaXP was even able to grow: 150 developers, users, manufacturers and system houses from the samba ecosystem from a total of 23 countries took part in 2020. One of the planning challenges was therefore to set the times of the conference in a sensible way. The setting of a daily frame from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. CEST made it possible for both speakers and participants to follow attentively.
Another positive side-effect was that organizer SerNet published videos on sambaxp.org for the first time - including Stefan Kania's workshop on CTDB / GlusterFS.