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Digital Customer Identity – Curse or blessing?

The customer identity has become the most prized possession in the mobile world. Customers trust companies to keep their personal data safe. By disclosing their names, addresses and even their bank data, customers already show a great level of confidence into the companies.

For many companies this is equally a blessing and a curse.

On one hand this data is used to the benefit of the customer and the companies and is therefore a requirement for new distribution and service channels as well as a better customer experience. The loss of trust and security however can result in the destruction of a company’s reputation and basis of existence.

There is already an extensive trade with security breaches in mobile applications and ways to exploit them.  Behind the scenes of the internet the trade with stolen identities generates revenues in the millions.

With the KOBIL owned Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI) and the virtual smart card technology as well as numerous integrated security features the most valuable good – the customer’s identity – is protected during the entire digital process and on all platforms.

With the Mobile Application Security Technology (mAST) KOBIL is providing an intelligent software solution that connects and integrates the identities of people, machines and things as well as mobile applications, devices, applications, transactions and processes into the digital world binding and secure.

In the digital world a secure identity isn’t everything but without it everything is nothing. For 30 years KOBIL stands for this.

Author: M. Kubitzke

IT Consumerization

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In private life, we’ve got a favorite app for nearly each and every case.  We use especially when we’re on the go and have our mobile devices with us. The chance of being able to control nearly every application scenario at every place by means of an app has also significantly changed our behavior when it comes to handling corporate software.  .

IT consumerization  has significantly changed enterprises and employee behavior.

One example for consumerization is Instant Messaging solutions that require employees to use individual devices to communicate with each other. Such solutions increasingly become part of companies since they facilitate the simple inter-employee exchange of information & news without requiring huge efforts. Of course, the respective information & news also comprise confidential data – personal as well as corporate ones (projects, sales figures, customers, etc.). While most Instant Messaging solutions are appropriate for personal use they are a high security risk for companies that use them in daily communication! This kind of unsecured and uncontrolled communication involves various drawbacks for the IT department and the company itself in case information is accessed by unauthorized parties or if mobile devices get lost. Neither can these solutions be integrated with the corporate processes, e.g. to facilitate not only inter-personal communication but to also interact from person to service or from service to service. And the communication server that registers and administers users and processes and transmits messages is not within the respective companies’ control but located somewhere abroad. Over there, of course, other data protection acts are applied – if even any. Today’s world is mobile and global – technological limits do no longer exist. So, let’s summarize: some of the stakes in the fence that has so far protected IT have been removed. The biggest obstacles when it comes to IT consumerization are the security of mobile applications and verifying the identity of individuals, machinery or items plus the integration with corporate processes. Our response to all this – KOBIL Security Platform!

Murat Ayranci

Kobil makes Economic History

@ KOBIL Systems GmbH

The fact that Mainz has got large historical university is known fact. However, not quite so many are aware of the fact that this university accommodates an “Institute for Historical Regional Studies” . And the fact that this Institute maintains an internet portal regarding the economic history of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate is almost an insider know-how. Additionally, the portal provides information on industrial enterprises in Rhineland-Palatinate. KOBIL has also being presented on this portal since three days. If you would like to take a look, please click the following link:
http://www.wirtschaftsgeschichte-rlp.de/a-z/k/unternehmensgeschichte-der-kobil-systems-gmbh.html

Thomas Siegner

The discussion on “Digital Transformation” is
nothing new nevertheless, it is still a Hot Topic!

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I still remember the Cebit where the topic of Digital Transformation came up. I don’t remember the exact year it happened however I know it has been a while. What did digital transformation actually mean? Well, have no fear, google is here. As per usual Wikipedia came up on top of the Google search: Digital Business Transformation or Digital Transformation will, in the long term, change the foundation of every company in terms of its strategy, structure, culture and process through the possibilities and the potential of digital media and the internet.”

The one thing this Google search also brought up was a link to Cebit. However it wasn’t for the Cebit on which I came across this particular term for the first time, that today feels as if it were 20 years ago, but to the Cebit 2016!

 

How can the resurrection of Digital Transformation be explained? It is a perfectly normal development every hype has to go through. It is, if you like, a variety of the well-known Gartner “Hypecycle”. Someone discovers a new megatrend and spreads a new term, for example, Digital Transformation. The whole world is talking about this new megatrend, trade fairs offer expert forums, seminar organizers offer workshops, consultants offer advice … and that had been it, those were the only ones earning money with this megatrend Digital Transformation. Subsequently, the hype around this megatrend has died down. No more expert forums, hardly any workshops, hardly any advice. When that happens, many highly discussed megatrends then fade into oblivion. Only a few of these megatrends experience a revival in the real business world. This however is what is presently happening to Digital Transformation. “Digital Transformation done right” is not a seminar but an article of the German magazine “Computerwoche”. In particular an article about “practical examples”.

Digital transformation is a term that in this year has moved away from purely expert discussion rounds to become a major agenda of CIOs. The fact that Digital Transformation has arrived in the real business world, is a major chance for KOBIL, as everyone who deals with it quickly realizes that a secure identity is an obvious critical success factor for Digital Transformation. Therefore I can legitimately renew a statement I introduced to KOBIL one year ago: “In the Digital Transformation a secure identity is now everything, but without it everything is nothing!”

Thomas Siegner

Spring!

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Spring has finally come to Germany this week. In time for this change from a wintery grey to a spring green we gave the KOBIL homepage a complete makeover as well. With our new homepage we are up to date. According to Google 94 percent of all users in the USA use mobile end devices to surf the internet. Therefore we have now optimized our website for mobile end devices. The percentage of users who use search engines to find “whatever-it-may-be” is even higher. Thus our homepage is Google optimized. In addition the homepage has literally become more inviting. At many points the visitor is invited to make direct contact. Both can be seen at first glance, even better at a second.

What hopefully should be seen at a first glance: KOBIL proudly presents the one and only KOBIL Identity Blog! With this blog we welcome everyone to upload posts, news, links and much more regarding the topic of “Secure identity” and share it with others.

Fancy a blog? Then go for it. Taking part is everything that matters.

Oezguer Koyun