As digitalization increases, the problems are increasing as well. For 88 percent of VDE member companies (electrical and IT industries), cyber security is an essential requirement for digitalization.
"The crux is, however, that many companies do not find enough IT specialists to advance digitalization internally and protect the organization from external attacks," explains Ansgar Hinz, CEO of the technology association VDE at the world's biggest hacker conference, Black Hat and Def Con in Las Vegas. Among the big companies, this statement is shared 100 percently whereas in the middle class it is represented by 71 percent. "IT security is critical to success. We believe that in the middle class not everyone has recognized the seriousness of the situation, " is how Hinz explains the strong difference. VDE companies are particularly concerned about the massive attack on their most valuable divisions, research and development, IT and production. The consequences cannot be described in scope. Some examples include system and production failures, malfunctions with consequences for body and life as well as industrial pioneering.