5 Questions for Sebastian Schreiber, SySS GmbH

The importance of IT security has never been higher, says SySS founder and Managing Director Sebastian Schreiber. In an eco member interview, he talks about how companies can protect themselves from dangerous ransomware attacks. 

Could you please give us a brief introduction to your company, SySS GmbH?
We have been pioneers in the field of IT security for 25 years. With simulated hacker attacks – so-called “penetration tests” – we help our clients to find and eliminate vulnerabilities in their IT systems.

Which digitalisation topics are particularly important to you?
More and more traditional business processes are being relocated to new IT systems. With the rapidly advancing digitalisation, the dependence on IT is also steadily increasing. This means that the importance of IT security is higher than ever before.

What are the special challenges of your industry at the moment and how are you working on them?
In the field of IT and IT security, ransomware attacks are currently the most controversial topic. We have a lot of requests here, even at night and on weekends. However, companies can also protect themselves against ransomware attacks through penetration tests.

How do you expect your membership in the eco Association to support you in this regard?
I am certain that the eco membership will create fruitful exchange and productive synergies. At SySS, we can help with our knowledge to raise awareness in questions of IT security, and for our part we look forward to any expertise and input from the range of eco Association members.

What opportunities does digitalisation offer us in the future?
The fact that digitalisation immensely accelerates business processes brings a huge gain in efficiency. Among many other positive aspects, I see this as the greatest opportunity.

Sebastian Schreiber, born in 1972, studied computer science, physics, mathematics and business administration at the University of TĂĽbingen. In 1998, while still a student, he founded the IT security company SySS GmbH in TĂĽbingen, which now has over 160 employees at four locations and carries out IT security audits for a large number of companies. Sebastian Schreiber is also a popular IT security expert in print media, radio and on television.


Sebastian Schreiber