Digital Economy Oct 05, 2015

The it-sa trade fair in Nuremberg – Highlight of the Bavarian IT security

Data theft, identity theft, online fraud – these are just a few forms of the increasing number of cybercrimes. The it-sa in Nuremberg is one of the world's most important trade fairs on the subject of network and data security, and thus is a good example for the significance of IT security in Bavaria.

For the sixth time, the exhibition centre Nuremberg (Messezentrum Nürnberg) will be transformed into the main venue for everyone involved in network security: project managers, developers, practitioners and managers are among the target group for it-sa. A total of 390 exhibitors are expected to attend this year's event, including big players like IBM, SAP and CenterTools. Also participating are numerous interesting medium-sized companies, start-ups and industry associations such as the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media bitkom.

Encrypting data, protecting networks, informing employees

This year's it-sa is highlighted by its particular focus on practical relevance. Specifically, this also involves addressing issues concerning statutory and legal issues. In addition, open discussion forums will feature 15-minute lectures on different aspects of IT security. On a number of special areas, visitors can also obtain information on selected topics: data centre infrastructure, identity and access management, start-ups and universities make up four key topics that will be presented in their own areas. By the way: Along with the official programme, an integrated congress will also host the official annual meeting of the IT security officials from the German states and municipalities.

Focus on IT security in Bavaria

Bavaria is the perfect home for it-sa and its topics and events. For example, the Bavarian IT Security and Safety Cluster or the Sicherheitsnetzwerk München, along with the IT industry, universities, research and training facilities as well as by lawyers, work on promoting IT security. The objective is to bundle and further develop competencies on this key topic in Bavaria. Government agencies also take the issue of IT security and the related dangers posed by Internet crime very seriously. The “Bayern Digital” strategy for the future specifically focuses on two aspects: on the one hand, establishing Bavaria as an IT security location in which relevant companies are provided with targeted support. The second pillar is dedicated to the cyber security for society, which encompasses business, science and citizens. The position paper illustrates the relevance of the strategy: 40 per cent of all German companies are affected by cybercrime which results in damages amounting to approximately EUR 54 billion annually. To guarantee possible courses of action quickly, the Zentralstelle Cybercrime Bayern der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Bamberg (the central department for cybercrime at the Attorney General's office in Bamberg) conducts its investigations together with specialists from around Germany, for example in case of attacks on important business sectors. Furthermore, the Cyber Allianz Zentrum Bayern (CAZ) in the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution supports companies and operators of critical infrastructure (KRITIS) in the prevention and defence of targeted cyber attacks.


Bavarian and international players in the field of IT security will meet at the it-sa in Nuremberg thus turning the trade fair into the annual highlight for Bavarian efforts in this area. This year for the first time the Israel Day and the 1st Bavarian-Israeli IT Security Conference will take place as part of it-sa. On October 7th German and Israeli companies will get together at Israel Day for business matchmaking. In addition to direct B2B meetings, the programme includes an optional guided tour of the it-sa trade fair and additional networking opportunity over dinner in a relaxed atmosphere in the evening. The high-profile 1st Bavarian-Israeli IT Security Conference on October 8th will provide a unique forum for exciting presentations, company pitches, interactive workshops, business matchings and a Live Hacking Demonstration. This conference will be hosted by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and the Bavarian Research Alliance in cooperation with the Israel Trade Center Munich.

Attendance is free. For more information and registration please click here.