Information Security Directive NIS2 and its impact on SMEs – a seminar for members of the BVMW Wirtschaftssenat

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The offices of IT Kombinat were the location for an engaging seminar on the topic of the Network & Information Security Directive2 (NIS2) yesterday. Many thanks to Mr Herbert Schulte, Director of the Wirtschaftssenat for organising the event in partnership with IT Kombinat!

Expanding on the scope of NIS1, NIS2 aims to further strengthen critical infrastructure and essential services within the EU. This should be achieved by requiring companies providing these services to implement appropriate security measures and to rapidly reportany incidents to the appropriate authorities (in Germany the BSI).

Bernhard Borsch, our Information Security specialist and co-founder presented a high-level perspective of NIS2, its scope, and enforcement guidelines. He also outlined the benefits of a business-centric approach to information security and the utility of a general Information Security Management System (ISMS) which encompasses many of the NIS2 requirements.

An active and informative Q&A session followed, with the attendees sharing their experiences of navigating security regulations and discussing the difficulties of recruiting and retaining good information security professionals. SMEs rarely have the resources to launch large security initiatives as some larger companies do, and the challenge of monitoring systems, diagnosing issues, analysing logs, fixing issues and informing authorities can seem daunting. Through his years of IT and OT security experience, Bernhard Borsch was able to provide pragmatic and right-sized guidance

One significant area of discussion was Operation Technology security (OT security), which is a focus of NIS2. OT has traditionally not been within the remit of Information Security teams as these systems (e.g. production lines) operated only within their own networks. With the growth of Industry4.0 and other applications for operative system data, OT systems are increasingly connected to other networks and are thus vulnerable to attack.

We hope all attendees left the event well refreshed and well informed. We look forward to the next even with our Partner BVMW and thank all involved for their time and attention.


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