The German IT Security Congress, hosted by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), has been an important industry gathering for decades. The lecture slots are highly coveted and are awarded by a high-ranking committee via anonymous peer reviews.
This year, cryptovision has managed to place two presentations in this top-class program: On February 1 at 13:40 Dr. Matthias Edelhoff will talk about ” Processing PGP and S/MIME together”. This will be directly followed by Martin Peeckhaus at 2:05 p.m. with the topic “E-mail security in an environment with and without VS requirements”. The complete congress program is available on the BSI website.
The event, also known as the “BSI Congress”, used to take place every two years. Due to the ever-increasing importance of this gathering, the BSI has now switched to an annual rotation. Unfortunately, the Corona pandemic prevents this year’s edition from being held in the usual form as a face-to-face event. Instead, participants can expect a virtual congress. Participation is free of charge.
The trade fair accompanying the congress will also be held virtually this year. Cryptovision will again be present with a booth. An overview of the exhibitors will soon be available on the BSI website. We are looking forward to your visit!
After last year’s Trustech in Cannes had fallen victim to the pandemic, it celebrated a comeback in the heart of Paris. cryptovision was also on site and – true to tradition – invited selected customers and partners to the famous Cryptonite party on the evening of December 1st. During a night cruise on the Seine, 100 hand-picked guests enjoyed champagne and petits fours in front of a fascinating backdrop. Participants came from Europe, Africa, North and South America. For the first time, they were also able to exchange ideas with top managers from the new cryptovision owner Atos.
The following video gives some impressions of this extraordinary event:
The Corona break was long, but since autumn 2021 trade fairs and congresses have been held again in the computer industry. Also cryptovision is happy about this piece of regained normality. Last week cryptovision employee Klaus Schmeh took the opportunity and made his way to Berlin for a lecture. At the Signaturtag, organized by TeleTrusT and VOI, he gave a presentation on the topic “The three most important post-quantum signature procedures explained clearly”.
Schmeh’s goal of making the subject of post-quantum cryptography understandable to laypersons is no easy task, because the various procedures are mathematically extremely demanding. In the meantime, it has become clear which of the many dozens of post-quantum methods will prevail in practice. Among the favorites are also five signature methods that have already been standardized or have reached the final round in the post-quantum competition of the U.S. authority NIST. Schmeh presented three of these algorithms in his talk.
For his presentation, the long-time cryptovision employee used, as usual, his original slides in cartoon design and vivid analogies from everyday life. Even listeners without a mathematics or computer science degree got an idea of how CRYSTALS-DILITHIUM, Rainbow or extended Merkle signatures work.
After the successful start, the trade fair and congress autumn continues for cryptovision. From October 12 to 14, it-sa in Nuremberg is on the agenda.
It is almost a tradition that cryptovision’s managers and a few other employees met for a workshop in the fall of this year to discuss the company’s strategic orientation away from the daily business.
Up to now, these retreats have always taken place on a finca on Mallorca, but due to the Corona crisis, the company management decided to forgo a trip abroad this time. Instead, the choice fell on the idyllically situated village of Fredenwalde in the Uckermark, almost 100 kilometers north of Berlin. The “Gutshof Fredenwalde” there, with its extensive grounds and spacious, Corona-compatible premises, offered just the right environment for five days of fine-tuning the company strategy while enjoying the comforts of life.
Under the direction of the managing directors Markus Hoffmeister and Marco Smeja, the participants divided into different working groups to strategically examine the three business areas of cryptovision, Government-ID, IT-Security and IoT and Industry. The groups developed detailed plans for action in the near future. Of course, in this process, club cv also played a role, which was publicly presented at Digital Mindshare in the spring.
Since cryptovision is currently in a growth phase, the topic of personnel recruitment was also in focus. As a glance at the company’s career page shows, there are currently over a dozen open positions, from Senior Software Engineer to Project Manager Sales. The increasing number of employees naturally makes it necessary to develop new organizational and administrative structures. The participants in Fredenwalde set the course for this. On the basis of a new Wiki structure, cryptovision’s knowledge management is currently being raised to a new level.
As usual at cryptovision, despite all the work, the pleasure was not neglected. A catering company provided the workshop participants with regional specialties from the Uckermark cuisine. In addition, a visit to a distillery was on the program. The icing on the cake was the weather – it was unusually warm for the time of year.
More than 100 kilometers run, 1904 Euros for the Mike macht Meter campaign and lots of fun – that was the result of cryptovision’s company run “Run Crypto Run”, which took place yesterday for the first time.
The company internal event came about after the B2Run, an annual running event with over 3,500 participants, in which cryptovision traditionally participates, was cancelled due to corona. cryptovision took the matter into its own hands.
As partner and participant of the “Run Crypto Run”, cryptovision managing director Markus Hoffmeister was able to win over his long-time friend and ex-football professional Mike Büskens, who won the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 in 1997. Büskens, who lives in Gelsenkirchen and is still closely associated with the club, initiated the aforementioned Mike macht Meter (“Mike makes meters”) project a few months ago. This project collects money for various social organizations and institutions in Gelsenkirchen – including the homeless aid organization Warm durch die Nacht.
When the starting signal was fired yesterday, Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Von-Wedelstaedt Park in Gelsenkirchen, 30 employees and friends of cryptovision set off on the optional five or three kilometer route at 31 degrees air temperature. Past the science park and over the nearby Rheinelbe coal dump with the well-known “Stairway to Heaven”, the course finally led back to the starting point, where urgently needed cool drinks were served at the finish.
Of course, a subsequent barbecue party was not to be missed. On this occasion managing director Markus Hoffmeister handed over a cheque to ex-Schalke professional Mike Büskens for his aid project – in the amount of 1904 Euro, which is almost without alternative for Schalker.
Anyone who also wants to make meters themselves and support the Eurofighter aid project can do so at any time. All you have to do is cover one distance continuously and then donate 04 EURO or more per kilometer – via Paypal or bank transfer (mike.macht.meter, DE22422600010116335402). Büskens guarantees that the incoming donations are used to 100 percent to help people. “As part of a constantly growing movement, we want to do good for people in Gelsenkirchen and for our health,” says the former professional footballer. “Everybody join in, join me in the meter!
Every year, Mindshare is a highlight for cryptovision and the entire industry – with a great conference program and the hottest party of the summer. But this year? Due to Covid-19, many things are different at cryptovision at the moment, and so having Mindshare 2020 as an onsite event was not an option.
However, cryptovision made a virtue of necessity – and invited to a Digital Mindshare, which was held as a webinar. On June 23, 2020, two hours of exciting online presentations were broadcast live from the cryptovision meeting room, which had previously been turned into a television studio.
Under the motto “CryptOlympics”, six speakers presented the strategies and success stories of the company in the style of a sports TV show, including medal ceremonies and winner interviews (with customers and partners). Circuits to Mexico, Rotterdam and Berlin made it clear that this was an international event. It was informative as always, even if the usual networking during the breaks or at the party was missing.
After Marketing Director Veronica von Preysing had introduced the new Club cv, which will be discussed later at this point, each participant had the chance to sign up for a Corona Care Package. This included a backpack, a face mask, a survival bracelet, and a disinfectant spray – all the things you need in these times. The packages are being shipped by mail.
With 150 participants from ten countries, the Digital Mindshare 2020 was as popular as the onsite events of recent years. But despite the enthusiastic feedback, all participants agreed in one point: If at all possible, next year’s Mindshare will be an analog event in Gelsenkirchen again – and not just for the party.
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