Introduction to the new team - PT13 Security
Last year in October a new AEF team was formed, composed of security experts from several AEF member companies. Norbert Schlingmann, General Manager for the AEF, sees the new team addressing the AEF organization’s need for a strategic approach to security “The definition of a strategy for security and the work on a secure AEF business model for the next generation of ISOBUS functionalities, are among the main drivers for the formation of this team.”
The team’s newly appointed lead, John Potter (John Deere), along with deputies Dominic Bosse (Krone) and Andreas Volbracht (Claas), will guide the team in its mission to fulfill the security agenda for the AEF organization. Potter is excited about the opportunity to bring cybersecurity benefits to farming customers. “We have a diverse team made up of security professionals from both OEMs and security consultancies. We know it is our role to assist the other project teams. We help by finding and applying appropriate standards, or, when necessary, working with the teams to create technology that provides the appropriate security.”
As one example which can benefit from the new team of security experts, Norbert Schlingmann points to the AEF ISOBUS database, which offers several services to member companies and the public. Its integrated billing systems connect to a payment provider as well as the Public Key Infrastructure, which must have a secure interface to protect the certificates independently of who has access, whether it be manufacturers or test labs. According to Schlingmann, “the right security concept can assist in building a solid basis for a level of IT security every use case can rely on.”
The team currently meets virtually every two weeks during its ramp up phase. Face to face workshops will be scheduled in the future when social isolation measures relax. All AEF member companies are encouraged to participate in this new initiative. Enquires for participation may be made to the AEF Office.