Deutsche Telekom joins Industrial Data Space Association

Date: Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:48

Goal of the initiative: effortless and more secure exchange of data
Deutsche Telekom joins Industrial Data Space Association

Anette Bronder, Director of Digital Division and Telekom Security at T-Systems

Imager credited to T-Systems

Deutsche Telekom is joining the Industrial Data Space Association (IDSA). Industrial Data Space has set itself the goal of advancing the general conditions for a digitally connected economy and to establish secure, effortless exchange of data. The initiative was founded by several German federal ministries and representatives from the worlds of research and industry.
Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, cloud computing: The automation and interlinking of all areas of life and work is creating new business models and changing corporate culture across all sectors. Exchanging data is the foundation for this interaction among services, such as predictive maintenance of machines or real-time shipment tracking. However, the rise of data as industry’s new raw material makes clear governance rules on secure data use and a cross-sectoral, cross-company technical standard essential.
The Industrial Data Space Association was founded in 2016 with this in mind. It has set up a virtual data space to support the secure exchange of data and simple linking of data in business ecosystems on the basis of standards and by using joint governance models. Members retain ownership of their information, only making it available to trustworthy certified partners, and can define data privacy requirements. “Companies must be in a position to decide the conditions under which they make their data available to partners,” underscores Lars Nagel, Managing Director of the Industrial Data Space Association.
Security plays an important role here. Deutsche Telekom recently created “Telekom Security,” a new security unit bundling the entire Group’s security expertise. Approximately 1,200 experts work to protect infrastructure and customers’ systems. Moreover, Deutsche Telekom is constantly developing new security solutions in collaboration with renowned partner companies and also expanding its own security systems to detect and repel new sorts of hacker attacks. The Group guarantees the maximum possible level of security in the cloud, in particular through a growing range of German cloud solutions, operating at highly secure twin data centers in compliance with the country’s strict data security rules. All of this makes Deutsche Telekom a perfect fit for the initiative: “Digitization is a matter of trust. Our security experts work around the world to ensure that our customers’ data and IT infrastructure receive the best possible protection so they can embrace new digital business models with confidence,” says Anette Bronder, Director of Digital Division and Telekom Security at T-Systems. “We are pleased to support this initiative and to bring our know-how to the table to protect sensitive information and infrastructure.”
With Deutsche Telekom's membership the Industrial Data Space Association has scored another important success. “The Industrial Data Space’s work is possible thanks to its members. The more companies feed in their expertise and requirements for a secure and effortless exchange of data, the more successfully it can be implemented, “ says Lars Nagel. The Industrial Data Space Association will present its successful first mid-term assessment at Hannover Messe: it gives sixteen examples that make clear the advantages of secure and standardized exchanges of data.

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