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Press release

Berlin, February 26, 2016

TÜV NORD GROUP supporting research on IT security at ESMT

  • Focus on industrial cybersecurity and Industry 4.0
  • Creation of a researcher position

The TÜV NORD GROUP is supporting research on the topic of “industrial cybersecurity - market development and requirements for a healthy Industry 4.0” at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. At the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT, a research position has been established to analyze attack scenarios to interconnected industrial plants and to develop a methodology for evaluating existing security approaches.

Since its inception in October 2015, the DSI has been researching topics of importance to digitalization and using its scientific expertise to strengthen the discourse between business, politics, and society. The academically independent institute was founded to provide objective, reliable information on the digital future and to develop cross-sector analyzes and strategies.

“Industry 4.0 promises great opportunities for business, but it also comes with significant challenges to IT security. The DSI will constantly expand its expertise in this area,” explains Sandro Gaycken, director of the Digital Society Institute. “We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the TÜV NORD GROUP on cybersecurity research.”

“Digitalization is a global megatrend and is becoming an increasingly important part of our testing activities,” says Dirk Stenkamp, member of the TÜV NORD GROUP. “IT security is central in this, and for this reason, it is of great importance for us to promote research in this area at ESMT.”

About ESMT

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, an executive MBA/MPA, a master’s in management as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.


With over 10,000 employees, TÜV NORD GROUP is one of the largest technical service providers, offering its advisory, service and inspection expertise in over 70 countries throughout the world. Areas of activity include Industrial Services, Mobility, IT and Training. TÜV NORD GROUP occupies a unique position in the sector based on its work in the fields of natural resources and aerospace and is firmly committed to its guiding principle and watchword: “Excellence for your business”.