Actionable advice, insights and best practices from cybersecurity experts and advisors on risk, leadership, human resources, legal and reputation management

FRANKFURT, Germany, 26 October 2017 -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, today announced the release of its new guide, “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers, Germany, Austria and Switzerland Edition.” This guide addresses C-level executives, board members and decision-makers in enterprises, government agencies and other organizations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It includes 23 expert articles with practical, expert advice on how to raise the bar on cybersecurity.

As threats continue to grow in number and complexity, new EU legislation – in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive – provides a unique opportunity for business leaders to rethink how they can build state-of-the-art cybersecurity strategies and systems fit for current and future challenges. As such, the guide helps start necessary discussions and determine the next steps toward preventing cyber breaches and maintaining trust in our digital age.

Collecting the expertise and experience of CEOs, CISOs, lawyers, consultants and leaders from across the region, this Germany, Austria and Switzerland guide is intended for those new to the cybersecurity topic as well as seasoned leaders in the field. It contains practical, expert advice on a range of cybersecurity issues, to enable business leaders to initiate conversations around such topics as EU legislation, security leadership, cybersecurity innovation, leadership and the recruitment of cybersecurity professionals.

The Germany, Austria and Switzerland edition of Navigating the Digital Age has been developed with masterminds from across the public and private sectors and will be published by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. This builds on the success of prior editions across Europe and Asia-Pacific, which followed the initial U.S. edition of the guide launched in October 2015.


  • “In order to develop a comprehensive and agile approach to cybersecurity and defence, it is important to have a good understanding of the structure and mechanics of cybercriminality – including the role of underground markets, digital currencies etc. How do criminals get hold of money and data in cyberspace? Of course, criminals are adapting to new technology. This is why businesses also have to be aware of the latest trends and developments.”
    – Dr. Philipp Amann, head of strategy for the European Cybercrime Centre, Europol, taken from “Focus on the enemy: cybercrime as a business model.”

  • “Speed and flexibility are strong arguments for digitization, in addition to the features it offers. So, what makes more sense than using flexible cloud services and to close down your own data center? However, many organizations are still worried about the cloud, especially because of concerns regarding cybersecurity. But reality shows that, in most cases, using professional cloud services increases cybersecurity and strengthens data protection. But this is only the case when cybersecurity experts within organizations are contributing their knowhow during migration planning, and only if certain principals are respected.”
    – Steffen Siguda, corporate infosecurity officer and head of data protection, Osram Licht AG, taken from “Everything into the cloud? Yes, but only after profound planning.”

  • “Upcoming EU legislation is an opportunity to raise the bar on cybersecurity, but there's often a language disconnect between the virtual front line and organizational leadership. We’ve worked with experts, across public and private sectors, to translate complex topics into guidance that enables business leaders to join forces with cybersecurity teams on developing state-of-the-art preventative security strategies. In doing so, we hope to help them prevent cyber breaches and preserve trust in the digital age.”
    – Greg Day, vice president and regional chief security officer, EMEA, Palo Alto Networks

Other contributing authors include:

  • Carmen De la Cruz, lawyer and notary, de la Cruz Beranek Rechtsanwälte AG
  • Reto Häni, partner and leader, cybersecurity, PwC Schweiz
  • Professor Emanuel Slaby, Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt
  • Stefan Krebs, chief information officer and chief data officer, commissioner for IT for regional government, Baden-Württemberg
  • Philipp von Saldern, president, Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e. V.
  • Steffen Hoffmann, chief information security officer, Boehringer, Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • Alexander Hauser, vice president of information technology, Otto Group
  • Thomas Tschersich, senior vice president, internal security, Deutsche Telekom Group and Cyber Defence, T-Systems International
  • Thomas Wendrich, director of cyber risk services, Deloitte
  • Dr. Matthias Drodt, senior cybersecurity consultant, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Andreas Köpf, Infrastructure Services, Siemens AG
  • Alexander Tsolkas, managing director, Ariston Business Process Services GmbH
  • Yorck Reuber, head of infrastructure services and chief technology officer, northern Europe, AXA
  • Knut Schönfelder, manager, cyber risk services, Deloitte
  • Ralph Salomon, vice president, secure operations, SAP Global Security, SAP SE
  • Dr. Andreas Rohr, chief technology officer, DCSO Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation GmbH

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