Ulrich Scholten (guest) & Stefan Hansen

Ulrich Scholten is an internationally active entrepreneur and scientist. He holds a PhD in information technology and owns several patents on cloud-based sensors. His research on cloud computing is regularly published in highly rated journals and conference papers. From 2008 - 2015, he was associated research scientist at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI), a partnership by KIT and IBM, where he researched network effects around web-platforms together with SAP Research.

Stefan Hansen is a Global Marketing VP at Cryptomathic and oversees Cryptomathic's marketing operations. As a Marketing Geek, Stefan's understanding of the technological aspects of Cryptomathic's solutions is second only to his appreciation of the subtleties of marketing. His expertise includes Digital & Content Marketing, Event Management, Product Marketing and Project Management (and 90's hip hop). Stefan holds a BA (Hons) in Marketing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Open Banking - Success through Agile Alignment of Security Infrastructure, Strategy and Technology

Open banking can offer opportunities for retail banks that are faced with competition from newcomers to the banking and finance industry. For those unfamiliar with what open banking is, it can be best defined as “the use of open APIs that enable third-party developers (FinTech or non-banking service providers) to provide applications and services around the financial institution.” These services may be located between the customer and the bank, or placed in the bank’s bank-end.

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What Do Companies Perceive as the Most Important Encryption Features?

The need for certain encryption technology features can vary from company to company, depending on their individual needs for securing their data. The recent Ponemon Institute survey, Global Encryption Trends Study, showed that some encryption features are considered more essential than others when considering an encryption solution, especially for strong key management purposes.

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Hybrid Cloud & Key Management for Financial Service Platforms: IBM's New CCA 7.0 and the Mainframe z15

In response to changing and more dynamic market demands, banks and financial institutions are turning into financial service platforms. They increase the extent of their digital transformations across the hybrid cloud, guided by three motivating factors:

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Retail Banking after COVID-19: How Agile Cryptography Streamlines Self-Disruption

This article discusses the need for retail banks to continue moving forward with their digital transformation in the age of COVID-19 and explains why cryptography (when done right) can be a key enabler of a successful self-disruption process.

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Banks, Ecosystems & Service Innovation - Aligning the Crypto Architecture around MS Azure and Dynamics

This article explores the concept of financial service platforms and aligns resulting business (process) goals with the necessary crypto architecture. We have a particular look at the integration of MS Dynamics and MS Azure, as it is a rapidly growing service extension platform for many banks.

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Common Types of Cryptographic Keys That are Most Difficult to Manage

Securely managing cryptographic keys is typically the most difficult part of encryption. In the recent Ponemon Institute survey, Global Encryption Trends Study, the following nine types of keys were identified as the most difficult to manage:

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Resolving Common Pain Points of Key Management

Many organizations struggle with cryptographic key management for multiple reasons. However, these pain points can be resolved with the right tools.

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Banks Need to be Digitally Agile and Cryptography Should be the Enabler

For traditional banks to rise above the competition they face from big tech, neobanks, and fintechs, they need to add new digital skills to their traditional banking capabilities; positioning themselves as agile providers of financial services by providing demand-driven services at the right time and place.

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Integrating Microsoft’s Banking Accelerator (MS Dynamics) in the Cloud with On-Premise Banking-Grade Key Management

The cloud services provided by Microsoft Dynamics 365 are gaining rapid market share in the banking world. A burning question for the security departments is how to take advantage of the cloud services on offer without relinquishing control of their cryptographic keys.

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