mBank in schools – we talked to students about banking technology and security on the internet

Since you are no doubt a regular reader of our mBlog , you are already well educated in the area of ​​various banking “complexities” and product terminology. But sometimes you said, “If I had already learned at school, I did not have to deal with what the RPSN is right now, just before asking for a loan …”? Fortunately, it’s easy to find out, for example, by reading the blog in the mobile app that you have on your smartphone with you all the time. We also talked about the other benefits of digital technology in banking with students from several secondary schools, and we believe our students enjoyed our lectures as well as we did.

And we enjoyed it too! A similar feeling was seen last month by a total of 35 senior bank managers at 15 secondary schools in Bohemia and Moravia thanks to the Czech Banking Association (CBA) project. mBank wrapped up a snack and sent Robert Chrystof , Sales and Distribution Manager of mBank for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Bronislav Dvoracek , Director of Product Development and Services for mBank for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. You can see the brochure on an introductory photo with great students from the Neveklov Business Academy.

The topic of digital technology, safe behavior in the online environment and the future of banking is without a doubt the area that needs to be spoken. Digital technology is a common part of our lives and finding a high school student without a smart phone is almost impossible. 45% of students surveyed took the opportunity to extend the online banking application to everyday stuff such as a calendar, phone book, or social networking. Note that with mBank banking you can make payments without knowing your account number via the contact list via SMS or via Facebook;)

The on-line environment offers, besides countless benefits, the real risks we are regularly reporting on blogs in our articles about safety. Even 45% of students encountered an Internet attack attempt , which is a great reason to talk and warn about such attempts. 3% of the respondents opened such an email, others happily deleted it or ignored it. However, the danger is not only in emails, but also in SMS and social networks , so do not hesitate if we were not in your school and read at least our article that even a friend’s report can cost you a lot of money .

Though young people welcome new technologies, 57% of students think that less than 10 years ago, physical money will not disappear from the market, and a third of all respondents believe that we will always be paying this way. One fifth of students, on the contrary, think that physical money in the next few years will only be in museums.

” Moving money from wallets to computers and mobile phones is an untenable trend. It was great to see that today’s new generation of adolescents is well prepared for this fundamental change in the nature of finances. For me, it was a very nice opportunity to meet young people who have not yet built up banking prejudices and also to help raise awareness of financial security , “says Robert Chrystof, commercial manager of mBank.

Microsoft: Calls to Set Up Face Detection Technology Pestaola

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Microsoft wants to create a legal framework governing the implementation of face recognition technology to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair practices and not violate individual rights.

Microsoft’s positions were announced through a blog spot by chief executive Brad Smith, which was posted last Thursday. “If we do not act, we are in danger of waking up in five years from now to see that facial recognition services have spread in ways that aggravate social issues. Until that time, these challenges will be far more difficult to withdraw, “says the US executive’s article.

Additionally, Smith advocates human insight into facial recognition results rather than leaving them on computers. “This includes cases where decisions may create a risk of physical or emotional harm to a consumer when they may have an effect on human or fundamental rights, or when the consumer’s personal freedom or privacy may be affected”, he adds.

In addition, he adds in his open letter that those who apply technology should “recognize that they are not exempt from their obligation to comply with laws prohibiting discrimination against individual consumers or groups of consumers”.

Face recognition technology is widely used today, from unlocking mobile phones to tagging friends in social media, but security concerns remain. Especially since Artificial Intelligence and the plethora of new technology surveillance cameras allow easy identification and tracking of individuals and actions.

Police services around the world are technology-based in order to solve crimes. However, software problems are not lacking. Indicative is that the software used by the Metropolitan Police in Britain proved to have produced wrong identifications in 98% of cases.

Corresponding errors are detected in software using various police services in the United States. The case of the Rekognition software sold by Amazon to various police services. As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed, this software “confused” 28 members of Congress with well-known, criminal criminals in the United States.

Smith concludes that especially when facial recognition technology is used by state agencies, this must be done with respect for democratic freedoms and human rights, to conclude “we must make sure that 2024 does not look like a page from the 1984 novel” .

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Information technology can restore citizens' trust in the institutions

 Information technology and e-governance for trust!

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Bojidar Bozhanov is a software engineer for 28 years from Sofia. He is one of those young IT specialists who harness their skills in solving social problems. He is part of the community of “” and since this year he is an e-government advisor in the office of Deputy Prime Minister Bachvarova. Author of the Blogger Blogger .

We invited Bozho to consult the Election Reform Handbook on IT applications in the election system. We also took this interview with him:

You are known in the IT community. You have the glory of “creator of public ideas” and “guru of open data”, tell us something about yourself.

I’m not a guru, but yes – my programming is both a profession and a hobby. I do it not only in working hours, but also in non-working hours on all topics, including socially useful ones. I deal with other things, including mathematical linguistics. As a student I went to Olympiads, now I am a member of the jury in Bulgaria and around the world, I also deal with software engineering, architecture.

Part of this group, which is influential in Bulgarian society in the field of IT and open data. WHAT is the situation with IT technologies in the management?

It also follows the trends. There are not so brilliant examples of using electronic technology in the world. Yes, there are many attempts at places, there are electronic services and management in many countries, but almost everywhere, except in Estonia and a couple of other countries, it is not such a level in which citizens and the state are entirely digital.

You advocate the use of information technology in public life, including electoral procedures. How can we implement e-services to improve democracy in our country?

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E-services, specifically e-government, do not directly support democracy. They make citizens’ communication with the state easier or eliminate the unnecessary one, but whether they can contribute to improving democracy, I think, directly – not. Indirectly, through open data, opening up the administration to citizens, higher transparency may have such an indirect effect, people just a little to say we are not “we”; “Citizen-administration”, but we live in a common space in which we communicate openly.

So IT can improve this component of democracy, representing civil control over management?

Yes. And trust in the institutions.

Next month, Parliament is due to vote on a referendum resolution and the electronic voting issue that was put to it. Tell us a little more about the pros and cons of this technology? Are you an advocate for her?

Personally, I am an advocate. The question is quite long and can not be said exhaustively, there are many details that need to be addressed. But I think the technological problems that exist before the electronic voting are real. We have a technological challenge. The task is more complicated than making an e-banking or online shopping site. It is scientifically more complex, and for some problems in the scientific world there is no consensus on how to be resolved. However, this does not mean that we are far from solving them. I think it is quite realistic for us to have technology that is good enough in a few years. Of course, we can not have 100% safe, flawless technology, but the paper is not that. As we can see, the process of paper voting generates many mistakes, many random results, and even many deliberate mistakes. With the electronic one, although there are risks for larger manipulations, they can be prevented by the right technology. The question is what we adopt as legislation and then as a realization to predispose to using the right technologies. Ie. it will be a very technical discussion about how to do it, how to learn from the experience of others so that we address the fears of people. Of course, we can make the perfect technology, three times better than the Estonian and five times better than the Swiss one, but if people do not trust it, then it makes no sense. The process is two-sided. In Estonia, technology has some problems, theoretical, but people trust it and that’s enough.

These are the minuses and the fears. And what are the undisputed benefits of this technology?

First, people outside of Bulgaria will be able to vote without queuing without going to the nearest city of 200 km, for them it is an easy decision to vote. For the rest, we are seeing a general decline in citizen participation, including in the electoral process, although this is not necessarily backed up by data, as only one country has introduced electronic voting, but perhaps such a vote would increase voter turnout especially among young people. Those who would not go to the polling station do not know what a polling station, newsletters, election commissions, putting envelopes in urns, etc. This is not a process that comes to them from within. They come from inside to sit on the tablet, laptop and vote. In this sense, this is the long-term solution. The generation that is currently growing is not educated in this way of communication, including the one with the state, and in this sense it is mandatory in the long run to allow them to exercise their right to vote in a way that is inherent in them.

Are you optimistic that Parliament would have a positive say on electronic voting and what are the dangers of such a ruling?

Whether I am an optimist I do not know, given what has happened with the vote on the judicial reform, I can not speculate on what I expect from Parliament. I hope to take into account the role of the citizens in the referendum, where the majority said they wanted an electronic vote. Of course, the referendum did not say how to implement this electronic vote, it was not that. The question was whether people wanted in principle or rather – whether they would have trusted an electronic vote, and people said “yes”. It is our role as citizens to monitor how the vote will be implemented if Parliament says yes, because there are many ways in which it can be misplaced and do more harm than good.

You get acquainted with the Electoral Reform Manual and even provide us with advice on IT suggestions in it. What do you think about the Handbook?

It is one tool that would make people think. Now I will make a summary, but the Bulgarians have the confidence that we understand things. And, accordingly, we have some extreme opinions on topics where we did not necessarily look at all the countries. My favorite example is with the majority voting. Many people support it without realizing that it would cemented the big parties, because everywhere the majority candidates would be from big parties. We see this happening in the UK. There are 2-3 parties that go into parliament, and that is. There was a very striking example in the last election, in which case the majority vote helped because the nationalist party had about 13% support and scored 1 or 2 MPs. But generally, it is not good to have such a percentage of support and have 1 out of 600 MPs. In this regard, the Handbook gives people reason to think that perhaps their opinion is not necessarily based on the realities of the world and in our country.

What updates did we make to the “Election Reform Handbook” , according to the advice and recommendations of Bozh Bozhanov, expect to learn on Monday at and on the facebook handbook page .


A network of small private technicians is set up throughout Bulgaria

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Small local development centers, prototyping laboratories tailored to the specificities of local industries and hubs around local communities

This is ideally the concept of a national network of technology parks. And if for years the state has gone through these ideas for 14 state-of-the-art technocrats in the country through excellence tables and strategic documents, then there is finally a private initiative in this direction. And she’s going to happen.

In July, in the residential district of Talyana, Varna will open the first Innovator Creative Incubaotor

The pilot space of a national chain of shared creative hubs for inventors and startup entrepreneurs. “Next year there will be at least three of us – we are currently negotiating with Bourgas, Plovdiv and Stara Zagora,” said Zlatin Dubarinov, one of the initiators who attracted the interest of the international Maker Movement network in Bulgaria for MOVE.BG. In the long run, the developer, together with other organizations in the ecosystem, will develop a network of similar spaces in smaller cities in the country.

Meanwhile, a similar project was also launched in Sofia.

The Athlon digital agency plans to open in September a series of thematic laboratories and shared workspace in the former tobacco factory in the capital.

The Maker Movement pilot

The first space of the Innovator Creative Incubator will appear in Varna, and part of the funding is provided by the municipality within the framework of the initiatives of Varna – European Youth Capital 2017. In the new hub in Talyana there will be two laboratories currently equipped, and a place for about five companies, Dubarinov explains. The focus is on securing shared high-tech workshops to develop software and hardware prototypes, developments in various fields of technology, science, life, culture and human life.

The workshops will be equipped with 3D printers, CNC routers, virtual reality labs, Internet of things, laser cutting and other technological innovations as well as conventional equipment, the team explains.

And then what ?

The long-term goal of the team is the realization of a creative network in Bulgaria scattered throughout the country. It is envisaged that each location will be tailored to regional specificities and needs, partly by specializing in field strengths.

“We want to create spaces in the small towns as well, in order to make the most advantageous conditions for entrepreneurship in the country,” added Dubarinov.

“Recently, we’ve seen more and more hardware and software specialists looking for more quiet and clean jobs.”

With this idea, he and his partner Marten Demirev are also associated with the international Maker Movement network, which includes more than six thousand spaces around the world and an active audience of 135 million people.

Creators of Innovator Creative Spaces provide technology labs and workshops, a business incubator, a pre-accelerator, a mentoring program, an academy conducting student and student training, event rooms, a social area, co-working and startup offices and specialists. In addition, start-up companies can also be assisted through consultations on issues related to their marketing, branding, design, legal and administrative issues, provision of initial capital, and more. To do all this, Dubarinov and Demirev will rely on the contacts in their international network.

The initiators are already working with local organizations, MOVE.BG continues to monitor the development of the project with interest.

Social Debugging: Digital technology in NGOs

Image result for social debugging Social Debugging?: Digital Technology in NGOs – MOVE.BG Together with our partners in Human in the Loop, we are pleased to invite you to the first two-day solvathon – Social Debugging: Digital technology in NGOs, to be held on May 5th and 6th at MOVE.BG.

The event will meet representatives of non-governmental organizations and social enterprises with IT and business experts. The goal of Social Debugging is to meet the need for technological skills in the NGO sector to develop innovation with a social mission.

Seven organizations (challenge hosts) will challenge their digital project, which is directly related to their social mission and responds to a specific social challenge. This can be a mobile application, an online platform, an in-house software, or anything else. Organizations are selected with attention to the potential of their ideas and the results achieved so far.

Professionals with technological knowledge and experience, designers and business experts will join the teams of the organizations. Over a weekend, the teams will work on the development of the technology solution and will use their skills and expertise to support a socially relevant topic.

We invite everyone with a technological and business profile to become involved and to contribute to the digitization of the non-governmental sector in our country. If you wish to participate as an expert, please fill in the registration form or write to


  • Education without backpacks ( Khan Academy Bg )

The project: A platform that will help Bulgarian students and teachers orient themselves in the content of Canadian Academy to the Bulgarian curricula (the content now follows the logical “knowledge tree of the Cannes Academy”, but for the students it makes sense to be able to look for their needs lesson or exercise and the class and topic they are in school).
This project is looking for a mentor!

  • Taratantsi / Taratanci

The project: Augmented reality, which accompanies the dancing puzzle with the steps of the choral dance of Taratantsi. By just looking at the images of the puzzle, one can not fully understand the sequence of the steps in the scheme. The application will further digital images, complementing them with music and the animated sequencing of each horo’s footsteps.
This project is looking for a mentor!

  • Foundation Future Now

The project: Online e-learning platform, virtual counseling and an online specialized library for specialists and parents of children with developmental difficulties. The platform will include modules such as “Electronic Learning”, “Virtual Consulting Cabinet”, online consultations with specialists (psychologist, speech therapist, social worker, etc.), “Meeting with the Specialist”, “Electronic Libraries”, ” Webinars “and” Forum. ”
This project is looking for a mentor!

  • Bulgarian Observatory of Mountain Chalets

The project: A telephone application for tourists to report pollution in the mountains. The goal is when a visitor finds a polluted place in the Mountain to be able to report with one click on his phone to the organization’s site with GPS coordinates and a picture of the polluted site.
This project is looking for a mentor!

  • Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria

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The project : Site and / or mobile application for studying the Bulgarian language of speech. Based on the first vocabulary of the sign language created by the organization, a visionalist is developed, where the movements at each word / gesture are presented in a visual way. The site and / or app will help everyone learn a language of speech.
Mentor: Ashdod Derandonian

  • Studio “Amalthea”

The project: A platform that implements standardized algorithms for diagnostics and therapy in day-to-day work with children of speech therapists in Bulgaria. At present, there are no objective evaluation criteria in speech therapists, so the platform will include therapies scheduled by hours with specific methodologies as well as “test points”.
This project is looking for a mentor!

  • EduCompass Foundation

The project: Career guidance and development platform for young people, especially those from neighborhood schools, including job opportunities, internships and mentoring. The youngsters will be able to create their own profile, get to know the reality of the labor market, find opportunities for realization, and connect with employers and mentors.
This project is looking for a mentor!

Why Social Debugging?

Encountering professionals from different backgrounds and bringing together their entrepreneurial and technological knowledge has a significant social impact. NGOs and companies know their audience well enough, and our goal is to let them focus on what really matters, while IT and business experts help them cope with the challenges through the benefits of technology. We organize the social debugging format to find solutions to real organizations challenges with the help of digital technologies. We address the problems presented by companies, public and non-governmental organizations, and solve them with the knowledge and passion of digital and business professionals. And because causes and worthwhile ventures deserve to have their own online place, it will be kept free of charge for the participants thanks to our friends at .

The European Commission chose Sasha Bezuhanova as a member of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

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Sofia , 12 November 201 8 – The European Commission chose Sasha Bezuhanova – founder and chair of the MOVE.BG platform, as a member of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) . Together with Mrs. Bezuhanova, the EIT Board will include Barbara Novakovska, Managing Director of the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and Laima Kauppiedene, an expert on entrepreneurship, technology transfer and innovation ecosystems in Lithuania.

Tibor Navracic, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the EIT, said: “Women play a key role in stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe, and I am very proud that today we are taking a big step forward in promoting their talent, creativity and experience: More than two-thirds of EIT’s board members are now #WomenLeaders – the cornerstone of the EIT. “

The board of the EIT is the managing authority, which sets strategic direction of the organization and manage the activities of selection, evaluation and assessment Community Innovation (Knowledge and Innovation Communities).

“My participation in the EIT board is a privilege and a great responsibility. I am convinced that the experience in supporting the development of the digital eco-system in Bulgaria and Europe, stimulation of women entrepreneurship and leadership and the innovative approach for socio-economic change of MOVE.BG as a platform for dialogue and unification of individuals and organizations with innovative practices , will help to strengthen the EIT’s strategic strands as a driver for an innovative Europe, “Sasha Bezuhanova said on her election.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is an independent EU body and manages a budget of 2.7 billion euros to finance innovative projects. The EIT has over 1000 organizations – nearly 600 companies including SMEs, about 200 universities, over 150 research centers and more than 80 cities, regions and NGOs. EIT plays a vital role in supporting the EU’s objectives of creating sustainable economic growth and jobs by enabling entrepreneurs and innovation makers to turn their best ideas into products and services for Europe.

  About MOVE.BG

MOVE.BG is an incubator for ideas and a platform for creating people. The organization looks for innovative solutions for social change, works for sustainable development and fosters a culture of constructive dialogue, active leadership and shared values. Since its inception in 2013, MOVE.BG has been partnering with over 50 Bulgarian and international organizations and working with over 2,000 volunteers. MOVE.BG is the initiator of EDIT – a program to support economic development through digital innovation and knowledge. More information at:

Desired employer for IT graduates: Google extends its lead – IDG – Media, Data and Services for the technology industry

Desired employer for IT graduates: Google is expanding its lead

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Microsoft and BMW follow in second and third place / Automotive and commercial sector more and more popular with young IT professionals / Career starters aim for an annual salary of on average 47,000 euros

Munich, May 29, 2017 – Google is expanding its lead as the most popular employer among IT graduates. More than a quarter of aspiring computer scientists would like to start their professional lives at the California-based Internet corporation. This emerges from a study by the Berlin Trendence Institute. A total of 5,500 students were interviewed at 62 German universities, who were about to graduate in information science subjects. The Trendence Institute evaluated the results exclusively for the COMPUTERWOCHE (issue 21-22 / 2017,,3330832) .

The second place in the ranking of the most popular employers is Microsoft, which improved over the previous year by two ranks. The BMW Group lost a seat and took the third podium place. SAP climbed from fifth to fourth place. In fifth place is Apple. A year ago, the California company, which shares this rank with the computer games developer Blizzard Entertainment, took third place. The automotive sector is becoming increasingly popular among young IT professionals. While Audi defended seventh place in comparison to the previous year, Daimler / Mercedes-Benz advanced from ninth to eighth and Porsche from twelfth to ninth in the ranking. The top ten completes Amazon, which could easily improve after eleventh place in 2016 as well.

Viewed by industry, it shows that retailers have done well for IT graduates. On the other hand, the less popular sectors include banks, insurance companies and media companies. At the same time, the answers to the question of personal aspirations and expectations reflect a change: in recent years, soft factors such as work-life balance or diversity have been cited as important criteria in job choice, thus playing for the next generation of IT professionals Opportunities for advancement and salary currently a bigger role.

The study also asked for the salary requirements of the students. As a newcomer, the computer scientists expect an annual salary of € 47,000 on average. The men want to earn at least 47,800 euros, the women gave on average a year salary of 44,100 euros.


Corporate Responsibility – IDG – Media, Data and Services for the Technology Industry

IDG is committed to acting as a global enterprise committed to a respectful and unbiased international culture understanding. In the respective countries, this involves socially responsible action and fair treatment of employees and business partners. In Germany, for example, this includes earmarked support for needy groups of people whose daily lives are made more liveable through targeted donations. In all its activities, the company is also aware of its special responsibility as a media company vis-à-vis the public – from the integrity of the information to the use of ecologically viable means of production.

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McGovern Institute

Founded in 2000 by Patrick J. McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern, the heavily funded McGovern Institute is committed to in-depth research into the human brain . Interdisciplinary teams combine the know-how of various neurosciences with molecular biology and gene technology.

At the top of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a team of world-famous neuroscientists dedicated to two great challenges of modern science: the knowledge of the functioning of the human brain and research into new treatments for degenerative brain diseases and their prevention.

“SCIENTIA” expands the public art collection of the McGovern Institute. “SCIENTIA” is a monumental bronze sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard, presented to the Institute as a gift. “SCIENTIA” stands for the interplay of art and science , says Lore Harp McGovern, co-founder of the McGovern Institute and a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. “Art defines our humanity, promotes our curiosity and forces us to ask big questions – questions that the McGovern Institute wants to answer for Brain Research.

Founded in 2000 by Patrick J. McGovern and his wife Lore Harp McGovern, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research is committed to in-depth research into the human brain. The McGovern family donated $ 350 million to establish the institute. The McGovern Institute for Brain Research is part of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

Interdisciplinary teams combine the know-how of various neurosciences with molecular biology and gene technology. At the helm of MIT is a team of renowned neuroscientists dedicated to two major challenges in modern science: knowledge of the functioning of the human brain and the study of new forms of treatment for and degeneration of brain diseases.

The collection for public art at MIT expands with ” SCIENTIA ” to a monumental bronze sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard. The sculpture was presented to the Institute in November 2016 as a gift. “SCIENTIA” stands for the interplay of art and science, says Lore Harp McGovern and “Art defines our humanity, promotes our curiosity and forces us to ask big questions”. The answers to these questions are the goal of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. A video on the creation of the sculpture can be found here on YouTube .

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“SCIENTIA” is the latest sculpture of the public art collection of the McGovern Institute.

Project “Plastic Workshop”

For many years, IDG has been supporting the Münchner Verein Kontrapunkt eV I As part of the “Die plastische Werkstatt” project, which has existed since 1995, the initiator Elke Ritter regularly offers visual design for refugee children in various municipal institutions. In cross-age groups, children from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and social milieus have the opportunity to experiment in creative matters and to let their creativity run wild. The children should find their own ways through this project and gain experience in the artistic design process . The “trying out” to create something “new” should bring the children fun, arouse their curiosity and convey a sense of achievement. This project is in line with the IDG philosophy of encouraging children and adolescents of all social backgrounds to move towards a better future and to create the conditions for later living a self-determined life.

Study on IT security: German companies fear cyber-attacks and negligent employees – IDG – Media, Data and Services for the technology industry

Study on IT security: German companies fear cyber-attacks and negligent employees

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Study by COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO in cooperation with the IT company Cisco and the Security Association (ISC) 2 Chapter Germany./ 80 percent of companies have established an integrated IT security strategy / IT security budgets are rising

Munich, January 11, 2017 – German companies see the biggest risk to their own IT in cyber attacks. 74 percent rate the level of threat at this point as high or very high. This emerges from the current CISO security study, which was prepared by the IT specialist media COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO in cooperation with the IT company Cisco and the security trade association (ISC) 2 Chapter Germany. To this end, nearly 800 IT and IT security decision-makers in Germany were interviewed. As the second largest threat, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the experts consider any negligence on the part of their own employees. More than half of the companies (52 percent) are also afraid of industrial espionage.

To better protect against the threats, more than 80 percent of respondents have established a holistic IT security strategy in their company. Almost every tenth company plans to set up strategic security concepts or currently only takes isolated individual measures.

According to the study, only 60 percent of companies explicitly named individuals or departments solely responsible for information security.
40 percent have not set up a corresponding function. In most of these companies, the CIO is also responsible for information security. In 26 percent of the companies, the managing director takes on this task.

To increase the security of your own IT environment, almost every third company
(29 percent) increase its security budget over the next 12 months. In addition, just under half of the respondents (46 percent) said they were “possibly” investing additionally in IT security. Only three percent of companies want to forego further investment because they see themselves as “sufficiently protected”.

The complete CISO security study by COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO can be downloaded free of charge from .


IDG Business Media launches new education offerings for IT decision makers – IDG – Media, Data and Services for the technology industry

IDG Business Media launches new training opportunities for IT decision makers

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In addition to the previous “Leadership Excellence Program”, new seminars in the areas of management methods, digitization expertise and industry-related topics for the future / Further renowned education partners for cooperation gained / All important information on the Internet at

Munich, March 6, 2017 – IDG Business Media is expanding its “Executive Education Program”. Starting in June, in addition to the CIO management program “Leadership Excellence”, which has been running successfully for six years, new continuing education programs in the areas of management methods, digitization expertise and future industry topics will be launched. The seminars are aimed at CIOs, IT executives and line-of-business managers. As an additional education partner, IDG Business Media was able to win the “European School of Management and Technology Berlin” (ESMT Berlin) and the “Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security” (Fraunhofer AISEC). In addition, there has been a cooperation with the “WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management” for several years.

“The demands on IT decision makers have increased enormously in recent years,” says Michael Beilfuss, Member of the Executive Board of IDG Business Media. “With our new education offerings, we give executives, together with our renowned educational partners, the opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge and skills in all business-relevant areas.”

The education offensive starts on 29./30. June in Berlin with a seminar on “The Blockchain”, in which the participants receive all important information about decentralized, secure data structures and their possible applications. On 5./6. In July, the theme of “Design Thinking” will be on the agenda in Munich. The two-day seminar is all about creative customer-oriented problem solutions and innovation processes. The seminar “Cybersecurity” on 26./27. September in Munich deals with the currently biggest IT threats for companies, promising security strategies and the latest technology trends.

For IT executives in user companies with at least five years of professional experience, the proven “Leadership Excellence Program” enters a new round in October. Participants who complete the two modules in Düsseldorf (October 23-27) and in China (April / May 2018) receive the “WHU Certificate in Leadership Excellence”.

IDG Business Media’s new education offerings can also be sponsored by companies. Questions about the topics as well as the services and conditions of the sponsoring packages will be answered by Program Manager Simon Hülsbömer on 089/360 86-177 or by e-mailing .

IDG Business Media will present its “Executive Education Program 2017” CIOs and HR managers at the WHU in Düsseldorf on March 30, 2017 and at the IDG Medienhaus in Munich on April 5, 2017. For registrations for these dates and for questions about the individual seminars Community Manager Caroline Hagl is available by e-mail to and telephone under 089/360 86-387. All important information on the further education program and the seminars can also be found on the Internet at .