Looking back: Get Started IoT Network on Data Protection & IoT Security

The cyberattack in May 2017 affecting hospitals, universities and companies worldwide once again showed how vulnerable we are when confronted with such attacks. Together with our partner SAP, we felt that we needed to address this topic at our next network. That is why we decided to focus on two current topics at our Get Started IoT Network on Monday in Munich: Data Protection & IoT Security.

IoT security – history, key challenges and lessons learned

Dr. Felix Kalischewski, Co-Innovation Architect at SAP introduced in a lightening talk SAP’s new Leonardo IoT portfolio and how the decentralization of things lead to new security challenges. One issue is the management of your Intellectual Property  – having a decentralized system for IP rights and transferring design files within or outside of a company raises the question of how to secure these assets against copyright infringement. A possibility to solve this challenge was described by Marco Barulli, CEO of blockchain startup bernstein.

Christian Pereira, General Manager at Q-loud, a spin-off of QSC, then talked about key challenges for IoT security, lessons learned and what the participating startups could do to make sure, security isn’t some “overhead” work but an integral part of product development. Fujitsu’s Program Director Industry 4.0, Dr. Bernd Kosch, took a step back and showed a broader picture of the history of IoT in Germany, specifically in and industry context. He talked about the industry segments that are most affected by the development (like physical engineering, electrical engineering, automotive & aerospace) as well as scenarios and services that accompany it.

EU’s Data Protection Regulation is coming – are you prepared?

Another topic that is time-sensitive is EU’s General Protection Regulation which becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018 after a 2-year transition period. Many startups don’t seem to be aware on its implications and what they need to have in place when May 25 arrives.  Tobias Göldner, Bitkom Data Protection Officer, explained the scope of the law for IoT products and how to take the first steps to comply. He also described two new concepts that were introduced with the law, data portability and privacy by design & by default, which will affect startup’s operations and product design.

After the talks the participants had the chance to mingle and network over drinks and food from our “Berlin meets Munich” buffet. Thanks to wayra Munich for hosting us this evening and see you at our next meeting at SAP Data Space in Berlin!

Are you an IoT startup that wants to join the Get Started IoT Network? Just send an email to Iris.