On Monday, October 22, Member of Parliament Matern von Marschall visited befine Solutions AG in Freiburg, his home district. The exchange with CEO Dominik Lehr and CFO Oliver Kenk focussed on the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation and the promotion of innovation.

The first topic of conversation was innovation as a means to strengthen cybersecurity in Germany and more widely in Europe. Mr von Marschall has a deep interest in cybersecurity since he is highly interested in technological innovation that helps Europe gain competitive edge and achieve greater security, so this was a detailed discussion.

After this year’s summer break, Federal Defence Minister von der Leyen and Federal Interior Minister Seehofer presented the new German cyber agency. Its task is to use innovation to strengthen Germany’s strategic IT security. Highly specialised research in technology and its promotion at an early stage is a key element and objective in fighting cybercrime.

Technologies that are already tackling today’s concrete threats to IT security should not be neglected when looking at future technologies. Approximately 80 percent of European companies have not taken measures to secure their e-mail communication or their critical data exchanges, or they use unsuitable methods such as randomly chosen consumer grade cloud-based services ‒ which leads to shadow IT. Due to obstacles such as ease of use or national borders prohibiting use, country-specific solutions such as DE-Mail fail despite the immense investment of resources. There is currently a wide funding gap between the technology companies’ start-up phase and the growth phase after 2 to 5 years leaving firms that innovate like befine Solutions to go it alone, truly a field of action for politics.

E-mail still is the most important means for business communication. However, there is a dilemma: on the one hand, one speaks of innovative technologies, but in the same breath many complain that they are unable to create simple secure messages for their daily communication. This is exactly what we want to demonstrate. We are in the triangle of innovation, ease of use, and digitalisation”, Oliver Kenk, CFO of befine Solutions, said. The idea of Cryptshare is not to create a new communication tool, but to use an already established one ‒ e-mail ‒ and eliminate its weaknesses (large file sizes, traceability, security). This idea may not be as exciting as some avantgarde ideas; however, it offers high added value. Politics needs to contribute in sensitising and educating people in this regard.

Today, convenience is often chosen to the detriment of security: in order to use many services, users willingly provide them with their personal data. Therefore, it is paramount to combine ease of use and security. A path Cryptshare will significantly shape and consistently pursue next year with the introduction of QUICK Technology.

“We are still living in a world where physical delivery of documents and proper handling, particularly in administration, is a legally mandated requirement”, Member of Parliament von Marschall said. All the participants of the discussion agreed that an adjudication by a judge was necessary to establish digital data transfers as legally enforceable. Legal enforceability of faxes was only accomplished after a ruling in a legal dispute. If a digital message could be used analogously to registered mail, this would have great economic benefits, according to von Marschall.

So, there is still a lot to be done to push digital innovation and technologies forward.

 

Our thank you for the interesting conversation and the exciting exchange of ideas that has inspired us to accelerate our innovations. As experts in the field, we drive to seek regular exchanges with companies, other IT experts, and politicians across all party lines now and in the future. If you are interested, we are ready to talk and to act!