Industry, energy, transport, the private sector: the different infrastructures are all converging. And the enabler of this revolutionary development is information technology. But the wide range of communication interfaces between the different systems is giving rise to a whole series of information security and data protection threats. Many of the existing solutions are currently proprietary and lack interoperability. There is a clearly recognizable need for standards. More than almost any other instrument, standardization supports the promotion of targeted current network effects to be promoted and raises the general level of security for the benefit of all. IT security standards ensure the necessary harmonization of requirements and implementation variants so that systems can interact reliably with one another and ultimately also be coordinated across different sectors. The aim is to increase the general level of security in information technology systems and networks, both within and across companies, and to promote the development of forward-looking technologies.
Information security, as a process, applies to the entire lifetime of systems or system components. The DKE, too, takes an interdisciplinary approach to this topic. The main objective is to treat information security as an innovation-related topic and to address it in the relevant areas.