How to use large amounts of high-speed data responsibly? That’s what datability
is all about, the focus of this year’s CeBIT technology fair in Hanover. The fair
was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister
David Cameron – his country is the fair’s partner nation this year. And the fair
provided many answers to the questions raised by the concept of datability. Just
one example, first place in the CeBIT Innovation Award, initiated by the German
Ministry of Education and Research, went to the developer of an app which
generates ad-hoc wireless links between user devices which means they’re not
dependent on clouds and other internet services.“
Oton: Sebastian Winkler – Entwickler „shoutr“
“What happens is that all devices in the vicinity get a message saying, for
example, Sebastian has a film available, and know what the device has on offer,
without being connected to it. They’re literally deciphering what’s in the air. Then
they can connect to this device and this wireless connection only exists between
the two devices. So it would also work on the moon.
Another advantage: data security.
Oton: Sebastian Winkler – Developer - „shoutr“
“The best thing about it as far as we’re concerned is that if you want to send data
to somebody nearby you don’t have to do it bia a server or the cloud, you can do
it directly. You don’t have this detour via the server, where your data can be
captured by somebody else, that’s what we manage to avoid.“
The digital world is buzzing with ideas about how to further boost the security of
data that’s already been encrypted. Take messenger service “hoccer”:
Oton: Pavel Mayer – Developer - „hoccer“
“We originally wanted to use cloud services, then we moved away from that and
set up our own server farm here in Germany, that was the most important
change we made. We also increased the length of our keys, but ultimately we
just believe that if you’re constructing a new messenging system today, then
security has to be a key element of it, whatever the threat scenario is.”
Businesses and public institutions are especially interested in solutions allowing
them to move constantly growing amounts of data quickly and easily, while being
able to guarantee that there won’t be any data leaks. They’re being assisted by
the Federal Office for Information Security, the BSI, responsible for threat
avoidance and analysis at the national level. The BSI appeals to all users to
protect themselves as well as possible. Germany’s mid-sized companies in
particular could do more to prevent industrial espionage.
Oton: Michael Hange – BSI President
“That’s why we founded the alliance for cyber security, in which the BSI and
business, together with experts, issues recommendations. So far we’ve issued
140 such recommendations, which allow these companies to see where they
could improve their security.”
3400 companies from 70 countries came to CeBIT 2014 in Hanover, to make
advances in data exchange and security. Still, when it comes to data security,
companies, public bodies and consumers around the world would be well
advised not to be too complacent.