Lothar Hänsler, COO of Radar Cyber Security

Lothar Hänsler retrospects:

“The importance of cyber security has been recognized. Our customers have a high level of competence.“

2021 was a year full of challenges, for our customers and for us as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). The risk situation continued to worsen and cyberattacks became more frequent. The entirely justified concern about cyberattacks peaked with the log4Shell millennium vulnerability, which gave us a tense closing of the year. But 2021 was nowhere near as bad as some have felt.

Despite all the adversity – or maybe because of it – it is all the more gratifying that we are seeing very positive signals from our customers in terms of cybersecurity:

  • The importance of the topic has been recognized and our customers have a high level of competence in the area of cybersecurity.
  • They are always up to date, are informed about new risk developments as quickly as we are, and expect us to provide rapid responses and reactions to conspicuous security situations.
  • There is a high level of willingness to take the issue of vulnerability management seriously. This is very important because, in our view, it is a crucial issue and can hardly be given high enough priority.
  • They are increasingly recognizing the importance of a defense-in-depth measures instead of putting all their eggs in one basket. Monopolies of individual security providers or service providers on a customer’s premises are becoming increasingly rare. This is a good thing, because a mix of measures offers much more protection.
  • Compliance issues are extremely important for our customers – even if they are prioritized differently depending on the industry. German “KRITIS” legislation is now having a clearly perceptible impact on customer requirements. This also applies to foreign companies whose headquarters are located in Germany. In this respect, the IT Security Act 2.0 (IT-SiG 2.0) is also becoming increasingly important for them.

Outlook and Trends 2022

Time for a short outlook after all because the commitment of our customers shapes the duties of MSS providers in 2022 …

… to keep our finger on the pulse by detecting the smallest changes in the threat landscape and adapting our tools immediately.
… to accompany customers by fully supporting them on their compliance journey in terms of legal protection of their companies.
… to support employees: Training and continuing education of our employees in the subject of cyber defense will remain a focus topic in 2022.
… to further expand our expertise by attracting new employees with high-class skills to join our Radar team.
… to stay open-minded: Integrating cyber security solutions from other vendors will remain a crucial factor.