IT security is one of the most important factors for sustainable and successful digitization. Knowledge transfer, cooperation and networking are essential for establishing fundamental cyber security strategies and developing innovative solutions. The Security Network Munich supports companies in tackling these challenges.
The Security Network Munich is an association of companies and research institutions in the greater Munich area. Launched seven years ago as a funded project of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the non-profit association “Sicherheitsnetzwerk München e.V.” was founded in January 2019. The aim of the association is to increase awareness and expertise on the topic of IT security, to promote the protection of companies and the public against cyber risks, and to make a concrete contribution to promoting innovation and excellence in the field of IT security. The networking of all relevant stakeholders is of central importance to the Security Network Munich. Members are therefore both providers and users of IT security solutions, large corporations have joined as well as medium-sized businesses. Research institutions are also part of the association.
Since January 2019, the Security Network Munich has been a registered association. The aim of the association is to increase awareness and competence on the topic of IT security in politics, authorities, business, media and the general public. In doing so, the association will continue to expand its recognized expert role as a point of contact for all relevant groups. The sustainable protection of the Bavarian economy, authorities and the public against cyber risks is a central concern. The security network will also be active in the area of promoting young talent and will devote itself to topics such as training and support for the founding of startups. In this way, the association will make a sustainable contribution to increasing the national and international visibility of Bavaria as an IT security location.
What is the Security Network Munich?
Since 2012, the Security Network Munich has been concerned with bringing together the leading players and organizations in the fields of information and cybersecurity. In addition to expanding industry cooperation through joint research and innovation projects, the partners meet regularly to discuss current challenges facing the IT security industry with government representatives and research institutions.
More than 100 companies are currently active in the security network. The aim is to articulate the security industry’s findings and suggestions in a broader political and social context. It also aims to raise social awareness of the importance of IT security. Cybersecurity is key to successful digital transformation.
Since January 2019, the Security Network has been registered as a non-profit association. The office of the Security Network is located at the G+D HQs in Munich.
What are the goals of the Security Network Munich?
The Security Network Munich forms an industry platform for large corporations, SMEs and small businesses, for providers and users of IT security services alike. The aim is to bundle and visualize expertise, and also to stimulate and promote the development of new technologies. Another important aspect for us is raising awareness of the importance of cybersecurity in the digitalized world, including joint efforts to inspire students and young professionals for the IT security sector.
How can companies get involved?
A large part of our activities and events are open to all interested companies and organizations. Certain events (e.g. Munich Cyber Security Conference, MCSC) or activities (e.g. project groups) are designed exclusively for the partner companies of the security network and are usually not open to the public.
Please contact the office if you would like more information on how to get involved.
What activities does the safety network perform?
- Initiation of cooperation between partner companies and organizations
- Working and project groups
- (International) Matchmakings
- Technology Symposia
- Munich Cyber Security Conference
- Tech Days
- a lot more…
What are the benefits of a membership?
Networking and cooperation are at the heart of the association’s activities. Members gain access to capable partners, important industry players and outstanding research institutions. Furthermore, members can participate in exclusive events and working groups. The network is able to develop its own viewpoints on specific topics, thus increasing their relevance for policy makers and public stakeholders. Both the visibility of the cybersecurity industry and of individual members is increased through the association’s public relations work.
Who can become a member and how?
The Security Network is a non-profit association and open to organizations and companies that have a strong connection to the topic of IT security and have a branch office in Bavaria.
Applications are submitted through the Security Network office. Each membership application must be approved by the board.
How much does membership cost?
The contribution for companies depends on the number of employees:
- Companies with more than 2,000 employees: € 5,000 per year
- Companies with 51 to 2,000 employees: € 2,000 per year
- Companies with up to 50 employees: € 500 per year
The contribution for a single person is € 100 per year.
Universities and scientific institutions as well as honorary members are exempt from paying the contribution.
What is the connection between the security network and the Center for Digitalization.Bavaria?
The office of the security network is located at the Center for Digitalization.Bavaria (ZD.B) in Garching near Munich.
Munich offers a unique ecosystem in Europe in the field of IT and cyber security. In addition to renowned universities, colleges and research institutions, highly specialized technology companies and globally leading corporations from various industries and sectors are located here. The versatility of this ecosystem is reflected in the Security Network Munich and is also represented by the Executive Board.
The chairwoman of the board is Prof. Claudia Eckert, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) and Professor of IT Security at the Technical University of Munich
Prof. Gabi Dreo
Professor of Communication Systems and Network Security at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich and Founding Director of the CODE Research Institute
Prof. Claudia Eckert
Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) and Professor of IT Security at the Technical University of Munich
Dr. Michael Guntsch
Engineering Director Google Safety Engineering Center Munich
Dr. Falk Herrmann
CTO Funkwerk AG
Dr. Tobias Kiesling
Head of Cyber Technical Office at Airbus Protect
Dr. Andreas Kind
Vice-President Cybersecurity & Trust, Siemens AG
Head of Sales at genua GmbH
Dr. Henrik Siegle
CTO Building Technologies Division Bosch Sicherheitssysteme GmbH
Director R&D baramundi software GmbH
Dr. Michael Tagscherer
CTO Giesecke+Devrient GmbH
Prof. Stefan Wallentowitz
Professor for Computer Architectures and Embedded System Security at Munich University of Applied Sciences
Since 2012, various events and activities have become established in the Security Network Munich, such as Tech Days or the Munich Cyber Security Conference. New formats are constantly being added. The active involvement of members and partners is a central component in the design and planning of activities in the network.
Innovative startups, globally successful corporations, first-class research and a creative digital scene – Munich is known for this even beyond the Bavarian borders. Under the motto “Digital Innovation,” the Tech Days Munich of the Center for Digitalization.Bavaria and the Security Network Munich have been bringing together players from all four areas for two days to exchange ideas, network and learn from each other. The program includes panels, tech talks, workshops, live hackings and a scientific symposium. In addition, there is an exhibitor area for startups and a demo zone showcasing product innovations. Every year, artists also enrich the Tech Days with their partly digital exhibits and performances.
Further information on the Tech Days is available at www.techdaysmunich.com
In the “Talking Heads” series of events, the Security Network regularly invites experts from various fields to give presentations. Guests have included:
- Bruce Schneier, Autor und Sicherheitsexperte
- Katie Moussouris, CEO Luta Security
- Jeff Moss, Gründer Black Hat Conference und DEF CON
- Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman und CEO Kaspersky Lab
- Steve Durbin, Managing Director Information Security Forum
The “CyberFit for Students” action day is a cooperative event between the Security Network Munich and Messe München. The action day was held for the first time in June 2019. Security experts informed students from several 10th and 11th grade classes from the Munich region in an interactive and playful way about cyber threats and possible consequences for those affected. In addition, the young people learned which preventive measures can be used to protect themselves effectively.
The regularly held technology fair offers the members of the security network a forum in which new product developments and research projects can be presented. The aim is both internal networking of the members and the integration and information of external partners and interested parties in cybersecurity topics.
& project groups
The members of the network have access to working groups and project groups on various topics, which are determined by the members themselves. The focus of the working groups is primarily the professional exchange on a specific topic. The duration of the working groups is not limited, the leadership is taken over by a member of the working group. The aim of the project groups, on the other hand, is to achieve a previously defined goal within a set period of time, for example the preparation of a white paper, a research project or a workshop.
If you are interested in participating in a working group or project group or in taking up a new topic, please contact the office.
Are you interested in becoming a member, please write to: