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[b]Johann Haag[/b] (Head of the Department of Computer Science & Security, [nobr]St. Pölten[/nobr] University of Applied Sciences), [nobr][b]Jochen Borenich[/b][/nobr] (COO of Kapsch BusinessCom), [nobr][b]Johanna Mikl-Leitner[/b][/nobr] [nobr](NÖ State governor),[/nobr] [nobr][b]Matthias Stadler[/b][/nobr] (Mayor [nobr]St. Pölten)[/nobr]
Johann Haag (Head of the Department of Computer Science & Security, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences), Jochen Borenich (COO of Kapsch BusinessCom), Johanna Mikl-Leitner (NÖ State governor), Matthias Stadler (Mayor St. Pölten) Photo rights: © Magistrate of the state capital St. Pölten

Kapsch BusinessCom opens new office in tandem with a competency center for IT data security at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Kapsch BusinessCom, a leading expert in ICT data security and management, has opened a new office in St. Pölten, Austria. Also in St. Pölten, the company has established the Austria IT Security Hub together with St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. This Center of Excellence will enable new forms of intense cooperation between companies and academia and foster new innovations in the field of data security.

St. Pölten, December 11, 2017 – Digitalization is forging ahead in all sectors. According to one study, global data volumes will increase ten-fold by 2025. This means that more stringent requirements will have to be placed on data security in order to protect all of that potentially quite valuable data. The new Austria IT Security Hub in St. Pölten is responding to the challenge. Founded jointly by Kapsch BusinessCom and St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with IKARUS, another Austrian IT security company, the new Center of Excellence bundles the experience of all three partners. It is dedicated to research and development and will aid in promoting young talent and offering assistance to start-ups in the field of IT security.

Security as an integral component

The growing number of connected devices – 8.4 billion in 2017 and 20.4 billion in 2020, according to an international study – is unavoidably increasing the threat of cyber attacks. Kapsch noted an increase of nearly 40% in cyber attacks in 2017. The damage this could entail is enormous. Security is necessarily becoming an integral component of each and every application and all network elements. “We are increasing security by combining the knowledge and the attentiveness of individuals with innovative solutions,” explains Jochen Borenich, COO of Kapsch BusinessCom. This was the starting point for the St. Pölten project. One thing that Kapsch brought to the cooperation was the expertise of its Cyber Defense Center (CDC). The Cyber Defense Center is a special data security division designed to identify and analyze threats. This enables potential attacks to be averted and any incidents responded to quickly and appropriately. “A great deal of intelligence went into this, in the form of technology, algorithms, and of course people,” says Borenich. “That’s why we need specialists with the best possible training. But that’s also our biggest deficiency – a lack of qualified personnel.” As a successful Austrian company with a high level of expertise in the field of security, Kapsch therefore plans to devote itself early on to offering its know-how on a lasting basis for training young people. In this case, in cooperation with the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.

Fostering excellence in IT security

The Security Hub is intended to reinforce the domestic ICT security economy and ICT security research by means of networks, information, and intersectoral cooperation. The aim is to improve framework conditions, promote excellence in IT security among Austrian high school and college students, start-ups, and other companies, and to highlight IT security and make it a basic component in all fields of education and training in cooperation with businesses.

“For us at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, it’s important to be in contact with companies. We’re not an academic ivory tower, as demonstrated by the successful international careers of our St. Pölten graduates. Graduates from St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences are employed by renowned companies such as Intel, Google, and Ernst & Young,” says Johann Haag, Head of the Department of Computer Science & Security, in a description of the university’s role in the cooperation. Now, the idea is to bring these international experts back to the University of Applied Sciences by offering an attractive working space in an environment that presents the right “biotope” for the transfer of knowledge. The first step has already been taken in locating the new Kapsch office in the direct vicinity of the university. Further examples are set to follow, with the Hub able to provide the platform. “The Hub is intended to support open innovation between companies and universities as well as the establishment of start-ups,” explains Haag.

One of the main goals is to make a concerted effort to combat the current lack of personnel in the field of IT (security) and to offer a platform for companies. Presentations at schools, creation of an “Excellence” initiative, and various events are planned in support of this.

Talent factory in St. Pölten

State governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner talks about the Competency Center’s function as a talent factory: “The fact that the Security Hub sees a special obligation to foster talent is a major asset for Lower Austria and its high school and college students. Urgently needed specialists can be trained in Lower Austria and added to the pool of available personnel, thus promoting and reinforcing knowledge and skills in our own state. This is a strength that translates into significant competitive advantages for Lower Austria and the entire country in terms of ability to compete globally.” The Austria IT Security Hub highlights Austria’s pioneering role in cooperation and collaboration between industry and research.

St. Pölten Mayor Matthias Stadler had the following to say: “It’s important when offering a hands-on training program and for conducting research at a professional level that the educational program have direct links to business and industry. The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences makes this possible through its Institute for IT Security Research – the only one of its kind in Austria – and the Josef Ressel Center for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks. The Austria IT Security Hub has considerably enhanced the level of knowledge in the area of IT and security at the educational and research institution. St. Pölten once again takes on a pioneering role in this complex field. Another benefit is the new jobs that have been created through the alliance.”

While Kapsch has been pursuing its involvement with the Security Hub, it also opened a new office in St. Pölten (its 7th in Austria). “This puts us in even closer proximity to our customers in a very important market. Our customers include, for instance, the Lower Austrian State Government and the NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding as well as companies such as Voith GmbH, Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H., and Schaeffler Austria GmbH. The Berndorf Band Group is also among our Cyber Defense Center customers,” says Jochen Borenich. The new office at the BIZ Business and Innovation Center, which will focus on the area of cyber security, offers both current students and graduates of St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences the opportunity to gain an early foothold in a globally operating corporation.

Kapsch BusinessCom, a Kapsch Group company, supports companies in taking their business performance to the next level and developing new business models. As a leading partner in digitalization, the company operates as a consultant, system supplier, and service provider. Kapsch BusinessCom is the ideal partner for keeping abreast of rapidly evolving digital technologies thanks to its widespread expertise in handling large quantities of data and matters of security, in addition to the valuable experience gained from successful implementation of a variety of use cases across numerous industries. The company’s comprehensive portfolio in Austria and the CEE countries includes technology solutions for intelligent and – most importantly – secure ICT infrastructure along with smart building technology, media and security technology, and outsourcing services. Kapsch pursues a strategy of manufacturer independence, cooperates with leading global providers such as HP, Cisco, and Microsoft, and participates in a wide network of research partners and industry-specific solution providers ranging from startups to major corporations.
Kapsch BusinessCom services more than 17,000 customers both locally and globally, including Allianz, Erste Bank, ÖBB, OMV, ORF, and Vodafone. In fiscal year 2016/17, Kapsch BusinessCom generated revenue of approximately EUR 320 million with its 1,200 employees. As a family-owned company headquartered in Vienna, Austria, in 2017, Kapsch celebrates 125 years of successfully developing and implementing new technologies for the benefit of its customers.


Press contact:

Jutta Hanle
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Kapsch BusinessCom AG
Wienerbergstraße 53, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50811 5787
M +43 664 6285787
Mark Hammer
Specialist press officer
Marketing and corporate communications
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
P +43 2742 313 228 269
M +43 676 847 228 269