On 20 November, the first online design thinking workshop Security of Critical Infrastructures of BDEW within fit4sec took place. The aim of the workshop was to enable the participants to have a structured and creative exchange on security issues of critical infrastructure. Optionally, the BDEW advises the participants in order to follow up the solutions developed in the workshop in a research project.
The central question developed by the participants was how innovation and optimization in the form of new interfaces and technologies can be made possible without compressing the security of critical infrastructures. Solutions that were discussed were e.g. a technical tool that automatically detects the need for protection of data and information and grants access rights to groups of people in the company. This is intended to facilitate the establishment of interfaces in critical business areas. Another idea was the development of a technology evaluation, which serves as a market overview, which tools and interfaces are used profitably in KRITIS companies in security-relevant business areas. In addition, it was planned to appoint an employee per department as a technology and security officer, who is in regular contact with the IT security officers and other departments about the introduction of new software and interfaces.
The next workshop should take place in January 2021.