"Digitalisierung: Läuft!" Arrived at Home

Third stage of the event series "Digitalisierung: Läuft!" (Digitalisation: up and running!) brings us to the IT location Karlsruhe / Minister of the Interior Strobl reaches the FZI together with a running team / Cyberwehr Baden-Württemberg presents first cases

Image source: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Karlsruhe, 16.11.2018 – After Stuttgart and Kehl, the running team including the Digitalisation Minister of Baden-Württemberg Thomas Strobl and Jürgen Mennel, former vice world champion in the 100 kilometre run, reached the FZI Research Center for Information Technology. The third stage brings the participants to the city that stands like no other for IT and digitalisation in Baden-Württemberg: to Karlsruhe.

Started in the morning at the EnBW Innovation Campus, the team of science, economy and politics completed a run of over ten kilometres and reached the FZI at midday. Researchers of the FZI and of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) descriptively presented their research on topics of IT security, health and artificial intelligence by means of modern demonstrators in a subsequent event at the FZI House of Living Labs. A workshop discussion with Minister Thomas Strobl and representatives of the project Cyberwehr complemented the event. The Cyberwehr is a contact point and counselling centre for cybercrime in Baden-Württemberg. It is a project of the FZI and CyberForum e.V. and is initiated and funded by the Ministry of the Interior, Digitalisation and Migration Baden-Württemberg.

“Every day there are thousands of cyberattacks all over the world. And that is why the topic of cyber security will play an important role in how effective we will design digital change,” explains the Digitalisation Minister of Baden-Württemberg Thomas Strobl. “Cyber security has become a central location factor, especially for international market leaders and hidden champions in the country. Baden-Württemberg is the number one innovation region. Here is a lot of know-how, which needs to be protected. At the same time, Baden-Württemberg is the state of small and medium-sized companies, the SMEs – they provide over 60% of the jobs. And at the moment they are still not properly prepared for cyber-attacks. Therefore, we as a federal state launched the Cyberwehr – a fire brigade that extinguishes the fire at small and medium-sized companies after a cyber-attack. Since August the Cyberwehr runs in pilot operation for around 800 member companies of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion – and the first experiences are very promising. That is why we are going into the next expansion phase starting in December. The offer of the Cyberwehr will be made accessible to further 10.000 member companies of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry region Karlsruhe,” says Deputy Minister-President and Digitalisation Minister Thomas Strobl.

“The event: ‘Digitalisierung: Läuft!’ reached the IT location Karlsruhe in its third stage. The security of IT systems is an essential component of a successful digitalisation strategy,” explains Member of the FZI’s Board of Executive Directors Jan Wiesenberger. “We are thus pleased to present today the first experiences of the project Cyberwehr and to demonstrate the importance of well-organised and highly qualified responses to the challenges posed by cyberattacks as digitalisation progresses.”

“AI has a long tradition at KIT. The learning matrix ‘Lernmatrix’, which was developed in the 60s, was an early version of AI,” says Professor Michael Decker, head of division Informatics, Economics and Society at KIT. "Activity and fitness trackers for running are totally in. These will filter out even more valuable health and fitness information through AI. Data protection has to be handled sensitively. At KIT we are working on conciliating the chances of AI and IT security,” states the Professor of Technology Assessment.

Image material on the event at the FZI will be made accessible to you on Friday 16.11.2018 from 1:00 p.m. at www.fzi.de and from 4:00 p.m. at url.fzi.de/digitallauf as a download file.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research.

Further information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en