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(ISC)² Secure Event Debuts in German Capital of Berlin

Twice a year, the (ISC)² community invites business and information security professionals from Germany and surrounding countries to discuss growing cyber threats and changing patterns in information protection.


Berlin, February 5, 2015 – (ISC)²,the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, will host the inaugural SecureBerlin event – a one-day conference discussing the management of risks for information security in an ever-changing threat landscape. Business and information security professionals from all over Germany will attend the conference to discuss current security topics and to exchange ideas on how to protect their enterprises. The event will take place on 12 February 2015 at Oracle’s Customer Visitor Center located in the heart of Berlin.


The SecureBerlin event reflects the very current struggle faced by the information security community, as they are tasked with securing systems and digital infrastructures in an age of global cyber threats. This struggle was aptly demonstrated earlier in the year when a DDoS attack targeted the homepage of the German federal government. This followed the December 2014 report from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) on cyber security which issued warnings to the operators of public infrastructure and industrial enterprises. The report cites the particular example of where cyber criminals compromised the SCADA-system and forced the mill to shut down, causing heavy damage to the plant and especially the blast furnaces.


"Such attacks and their aftermath show the challenges that the Information security community has experienced in recent years,” says Dr. Adrian Davis, CISSP, managing director of EMEA, (ISC)², who will chair the event. “Risks grow with our dependency on Information Technology, digital services and automation. Businesses need to accept and understand these risks and develop the resilience within their organisation to manage them. The ability to get together in this way and share experience across organisations is extremely important.


"It is important that we all deal with the issues: Not just the absolute specialists, but also individuals from different disciplines,” says Rainer Rehm, president, (ISC)² Germany e.V. Chapter and a co-organiser of the event. “Everyone, whether information security experts, IT security experts, forensics or data protection experts, can help to shape current industry discussions. It is up to us to hold a discussion that leads in the right direction."


At SecureBerlin, sessions will focus on the threat landscape, its drivers and the common pitfalls endemic to current business trends. Topics covered throughout the event range from developing an understanding of your risk appetite, to data centric security, cloud security and the use of social engineering as a risk management tactic. Speakers are drawn from well-known organisations and the vendor community to ensure a breadth of perspective, including:


Matthias Muhlert, vice president, UniCredit Bank AG
Charles Storie, data security officer, Diesel Systems Feuerbach
Michael Kranawetter, chief security advisor, Microsoft Germany
Chad Woolf, director, AWS risk and compliance, Amazon Web Services


The (ISC)² Secure Event Series was designed to provide a platform for (ISC)²-certified professionals to share expertise and to encourage discussion on information security requirements for the future. The events are supported in Germany by the (ISC)² Germany e.V. Chapter Secure events are free for (ISC)² members and open to nonmembers for a small fee. The full agenda is available.


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About (ISC)² Chapters
There are over 100 (ISC)² Chapters around the world, including chapters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Chapters enable (ISC)² members to network and exchange experience and expertise and are open to the wider information security community. The chapters host local meetings and events regularly and support the one-day Secure Event Series throughout the DACH Region. Members of the (ISC)² Chapter Switzerland also volunteer for the (ISC)² Foundation Safe and Secure Online program, which helps children, teachers and parents be more aware of risks on the Internet.


About (ISC)²®
Founded in 1989 and now in its 26th year, (ISC)² is the largest non-profit organization of certified information and software security professionals worldwide with over 100,000 members in more than 135 countries. Recognized worldwide as the gold standard (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations; the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) to qualifying candidates. (ISC)² certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at


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