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Now certified: Information security at the University of Bayreuth

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University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 081/2020, 25 May 2020

The University of Bayreuth’s IT Service Centre (ITS) has been certified according to the international ISO 27001 standard for its high-quality management of information security. After the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich, it is only the second scientific facility in Bavaria to receive this certificate. ITS controls and coordinates all central processes in the electronic transmission, processing, and storage of information at the University of Bayreuth. As the certificate now confirms, all security requirements defined by the ISO 27001 standard are fulfilled on campus.

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The certification testifies to the great importance placed on information security at the University of Bayreuth. Students, researchers, lecturers, and all partners of the University of Bayreuth can rely on it. All data that is transmitted, processed, and stored by central ITS services is protected against unauthorised access and is subject to absolute confidentiality.

"Such proof is becoming increasingly important, especially in research projects in which the University cooperates with companies. These partner companies must be protected against competitors learning about jointly developed findings", says Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Stöber, member of ITS and information security officer of the University of Bayreuth.

Dr. Andreas Grandel, Head of ITS, explains: "With our many years of expertise in information security management, we are happy to advise all members and partners of the University so that the high standards of ISO 27001 can be implemented beyond our central services”.

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Even in times of Covid-19, the management of information security on campus has proven its worth. Because a uniform risk assessment procedure has been established, opportunities and risks can be quickly identified during the rapid introduction of new service offerings - for example, in the area of online courses. Measures for the secure design of new IT services can therefore be planned and implemented in a timely manner.

"The coronavirus crisis has unexpectedly accelerated many new developments in the digitalization of studies and teaching, and it was a great advantage for the University of Bayreuth that it was able to build on already very well developed security management," Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann, Vice President of the University of Bayreuth for the Digitalisation & Innovation explains. All members of the University of Bayreuth are benefiting from this in equal measure.

The test centre for the awarding of the ISO 27001 certificate to ITS was Dekra Certification GmbH. It was in turn supervised by the German accreditation body DAkkS GmbH.

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Contact:

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Stöber
University of Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 55-3177
E-Mail: ralf.stoeber@uni-bayreuth.de


Editorial office:

Christian Wißler
Science Communication
University of Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5356
E-mail: christian.wissler@uni-bayreuth.de

Translation:

Ralph Reindler

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