Those attending PROSTEP TECHDAY took home with them the realization that we all need to do more to ensure security. This starts with an awareness of the danger, as Dr. Rainer Bugow, our head of technology pointed out. And PROSTEP is setting a good example: We recently joined the German non-profit IT Security Association (TeleTrusT) in order to bring our interests to bear and contribute our experience developing security-related software applications to the competence network.
Security is also a prime concern when developing our software products. Penetration tests are, for example, performed on every major release of our data exchange solution OpenDXM GlobalX to ensure that we can guarantee "Security Made in Germany". Security-related enhancements in the new releases include replacing the Java applets, which have become problematic, with other technologies so that we can in the future continue to make familiar functionality available to users in their web browsers.
However even the most secure software is of little use if users do not comply with security regulations; they are often the weakest link in the chain. Complying with regulations must therefore be made as easy as possible. The talk given by Rolf-Günter Arnz on the use of OpenDXM GlobalX at Edscha Holding was highly informative in this regard. The automotive supplier has stemmed the uncontrolled exchange of data via e-mail by dint of the fact that, thanks to OpenDXM GlobalX's Outlook integration, users are able to make their data available ad hoc – but nevertheless securely – without first having to set up a partner connection.