NATO: Rethink - Realign - React

At the beginning of June, the NATO Summit took place in Warsow. With reference to this event, the Institute for Eastern Studies in Poland published a composition of essays. The BIGS participated in this with an essay by Tim Stuchtey "Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage of Defense Industries in NATO Countries”. 

The complete compilation can be found here.

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Wachstum und Veränderung im Zeichen der Digitalisierung

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Security Management Education in Europe

As part of the fit4sec research team, Alexis Below conducted a survey across Europe in which he analyzed the status quo of European security management education.

The survey serves as exploratory research into current offerings and developments in tertiary security management education to provide new insights and ideas for further research to interested scholars, educators and practitioners in Germany and elsewhere.

The study finds that there is a small number of relatively young programs in each country often based at universities of applied sciences with a strong focus on vocational training. While participants’ backgrounds seem similar across countries, most programs are nationally oriented with little to no formal internationalization. The complete survey can be found here.

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Die Sicherheitswirtschaft in Deutschland 2015

The annual survey, conducted by BIGS, measuring the overall contribution of Germany's security industry for the contry's composite security level since 2012.

The results for 2015 show that the security industry grew faster than the overall German economy. The complete survey can be found here.

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PizzaSeminar am 29. Mai 2019

For two years we have worked on the EU funded project "Enterprises intangible Risk Management via Economic models based on simulation of modern cyber attacks (Hermeneut)" on how to measure the extent on losses due to cyber attacks. How does cyber attacks impair brand name, reputation and patents. Intangible assets are becoming increasingly important against the background of digital transformation processes where companies experience added value by reputation and brand name.

Our speakers from HERMENEUT are Altay Özaygen of University Paris-Sud (Paris XI) and Alexander Szantofrom BIGS. In the aftermath we are looking forward to an interesting discussion. The presentation will be in english.

Impact of Cyber-Attacks on Intangible Assets

 Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, from 12:00  to 14:00

If you are interested, please register until May 27th, 2019 via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Altay Özaygen - Postdoctoral Researcher at Paris-Sud University (Paris XI).

Altay Özaygen obtained a PhD in Business Administration and Management from Télécom Ecole de Management (IMT). He did extensive work in patent analysis, social network analysis, open innovation, information security, privacy and digital transformation.

Prior to that, Altay Özaygen gained experience as a software developer and system administrator. He currently works at the Jean Monnet Faculty Law-Economy-Management at the Université Paris-Sud 11 as a researcher within the HERMENEUT H2020 project focusing on economics of cybersecurity.

Alexander Szanto - Research Fellow, Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS).

Alexander joined BIGS as a Cybersecurity Research Fellow in May 2017. He is primarily in charge of the Horizon2020 EU research project HERMENEUT. Alexander studied European Studies at the University of Maastricht and spent a semester at the Sciences Po in Paris with a focus on International Relations. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security, concentrating in Cybersecurity and Political Developments in the Middle East post-1945 in the War Studies Department of King’s College in London. Prior to joining BIGS, Alexander worked in the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf, where he provided research and advice on digital politics and domestic security policy.