IT Security for Companies

IT security is now an integral part of healthy corporate management

Small, medium-sized, and large companies are the target of various IT attacks by different groups every day. According to a study by Bitkom, the theft of IT equipment, data, espionage, and sabotage causes around 200 billion euros worth of damage in Germany every year. Across Europe, the damage is far higher.
With the increasing expansion of (necessary) digital transformation and the associated cloud and edge computing, new challenges are arising for IT security.
Corporate IT has many different gateways – and the user is often a much-used “weak point”.
IT security today also has a lot to do with employee training and introducing processes for better data protection. A well-structured IT infrastructure, clear responsibilities, structured role allocation, and access control, as well as a process for reacting to any inconsistencies, are just some of the building blocks that companies should use to protect themselves from damage caused by IT attacks.

How should companies get started with IT security?

In addition to corporate measures – such as project planning, prioritization and budgeting of IT security – there are a number of technical requirements that must be met in order to create meaningful IT protection.

After all, it is usually about nothing less than the company’s ability to do business.
IT security is not a protected term, but you can consult the definition of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which names four pillars of IT security:

  • Define IT security: Identify both industry-specific and general potential threats
  • Develop sustainable security concepts: Create and implement individual concepts, both technically and procedurally
  • Determine suitable security measures: Whether employee training or technical changes
  • Check the effectiveness of existing protective measures: an often neglected but essential part of IT security for companies

Are there official standards for IT security?

In addition to the standards and seals defined by software providers and IT security companies, the so-called BSI IT-Grundschutz and the associated certification from the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany have been in existence for some time. The European Commission is also working on various guidelines.


As part of basic IT protection, ISO 27001 can also be obtained by having the relevant measures checked by a BSI-certified auditor.

Secure Dev-Ops: IT security from scratch

But how is IT security implemented as part of projects with birkle IT – and how can birkle IT contribute to your IT security beyond the IT security audit and comprehensive consulting?
As an innovative software company with several European locations and DAX-listed customers, we take the importance of IT security extremely seriously. In addition to the secure working environment that we create as part of our projects, we present our clients with trained Secure Dev Ops. This means that IT security is always an integral part of our projects and we make sure that every line of code is written in such way, that no security vulnerabilities arise in the first place. Security is therefore always an important part of all decisions and approaches in the project.
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