The universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg have joined forces to form the bwInfoSec federation to improve information security at the state's universities and arts and cultural institutions.
The federation aims to support universities in improving information security. To this end, information is shared, central services are established, joint projects are worked on and assistance is provided in the event of problems.
The bwInfoSec cooperation federation is a unique nationwide advisory and exchange body dedicated to information security issues for a coordinated strategy of universities in the state. It brings together key information security management stakeholders on a regular basis. The group consists of representatives of the MWK, two representatives of the circle of Chief Information Officers (CIO) of the universities, two representatives of the circle of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of the universities, one representative of the HSZ-BW, one representative of the AK RZ/IZ-Leiterkreis and two representatives of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Leiterinnen und Leiter der wissenschaftlichen Rechenzentren (ALWR). In addition, the core team IT security and the board of the information security steering committee are part of the network.
The core team is the operational center of the federation. It primarily takes on tasks that arise in a similar form at all participating institutions and which can therefore be managed jointly in a sensible and resource-saving manner. In addition, it promotes exchange between the institutions and takes care of all organizational and administrative matters of the Federation. The core team consists of 12 employees at two locations. For the universities of applied sciences, the core team is located at the University Service Center Baden-Württemberg (HSZ-BW) in Reutlingen, for the universities at the University of Heidelberg.
The Information Security Steering Committee consists of six voting members and additional associate members. The State Rectors' Conference of Universities appoints two representatives for three years. For the non-university institutions, the State Rectors' Conference of the Universities of Education, the RKH and the Presidential Board of the DHBW agree on two representatives for three years. The steering committee meets every 14 days and discusses current developments in IT security. It decides on projects and the service catalog of the core team. Two spokespersons of the information security steering committee represent the bwInfoSec federation externally.
IT security is an increasingly important topic for all universities. Accordingly, the institutions already have relevant expertise in IT security. This was further expanded by bwInfoSec and new positions were created at all universities.
The cooperative level within the framework of bwInfoSec makes targeted use of synergies in various problem areas and promotes the handling of common problems.