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sambaXP also digital in 2021

For the 20th time SerNet organizes the Samba eXPerience (sambaXP), the conference around the open source software Samba – once again in 2021 as a digital event. From May 4 to 6, users from all over the world will meet. Tickets are now available on the conference website https://sambaxp.org, participation in sambaXP is free of charge. The call for papers has also started!

Due to the pandemic situation, the sambaXP organizing team is again focusing on a digital-only conference in 2021. The successful sambaXP 2020 has shown that this is possible and even offers some advantages, points out Nadine Dreymann, who is planning the conference for SerNet. "Thanks to the online format, speakers worldwide who otherwise - for various reasons - would not be able to travel to Göttingen have the opportunity to present their topics." Dreymann continues, "By making participation free, we also want to give even more people the opportunity to follow the conference live and get involved." Compared to last year's event, she says, sambaXP 2021 will therefore also be even more open and incorporate interactive elements so that the samba community can better interact.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for sambaXP 2021 is in progress. Presentations can be submitted via the conference page at https://sambaxp.org. Orga team and program committee are looking forward to interesting submissions. The presentations are scheduled on the conference days (Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6) for the period from 15:00 to 21:00 German time zone (CEST). For the final agenda, the best time slots in terms of time zone will be considered in consultation with the speakers. In addition, it is possible to record the talk beforehand in individual cases. 

Tutorials

The traditional tutorial by Stefan Kania will again be designed as a webinar on the day before the conference (Tuesday, May 4, 2021). The topic: ''Setting up Samba as a print server''. Tickets are available for 50 Euros. Björn Jacke (SerNet Samba Team) will also offer a free 2-hour workshop on "Integrate SAMBA+ AIX in an existing AD domain".

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SerNet supports Deutschlandstipendium 2020/2021

SerNet is continuing to support the Deutschlandstipendium at the Georg-August University of Göttingen in the current funding period 2020/21. This time, the scholarship funded by SerNet goes to Gesa Bei der Wieden, a student of Computer Science and German Philology in her 3rd semester. A total of 252 Deutschlandstipendien could be awarded at the Georgia Augusta for the support period..

The small ceremony for the scholarship holders and sponsors took place online this time. The goal of the Deutschlandstipendium is for universities, the federal government, and sponsors from business and society to jointly support particularly committed students. To this end, the scholarship holders receive 300 euros per month for one year; 150 of these are provided by sponsors, 150 euros are co-financed by the federal government.

SerNet is a long-standing supporter of the Deutschlandstipendium. Since the start of the initiative, funding has flowed to the HAWK - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen. Since the 2019/20 winter semester, the company has taken over one scholarship a year at the Georg-August University of Göttingen.

More about the Deutschlandstipendium on the information pages of the University Göttingen.

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verinice. Job Offers

With verinice. SerNet GmbH provides the only open source tool for the management of information security (ISMS). In order to grow dynamically and to further advance the development of the software, the team is looking for additional members with immediate effect.

Three positions are currently open:

  • Front-End Developer for verinice. (d/w/m)
  • Back-End Developer for verinice. (d/w/m)
  • Full-Stack Developer for verinice. (d/w/m)

The verinice.TEAM works distributed at the locations Berlin (Mitte) and Göttingen (headquarters of SerNet). Interested parties can apply for both locations. Details on tasks, requirements and benefits are included in the respective job description.

About verinice.

verinice is the only tool for information security management under open source license. It is in use in 4 German states and in more than 40 federal authorities, as well as in a large number of municipalities, public utilities and other public sector institutions, especially in critical infrastructures. For the industrial sector, verinice supports not only the IT Baseline Protection of the BSI but also the ISO 27001 and is used here by companies throughout Europe and also by the Council of the European Commission or European national banks.

Working at SerNet

You can find more information from SerNet about the working environment online, as well as further information about training, studying and women in STEM professions. Furthermore, you can read here how we deal with COVID-19 and working from home.

For questions about the positions or to apply (PDF format), please contact SerNet Managing Director Reinhild Jung at jobs@remove-this.sernet.de.

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At the end of the year - A donation and a heartfelt thank you

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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.

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verinice.XP 2021 goes digital

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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.

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