Head of Department
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)
Bernd Kowalski was born on March 22nd 1954 in Siegen, Germany. He visited university at the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen. In 1982 he joined Deutsche Telekom and worked first in the area of data communication networks. He was a member of the ITU standardization activities for Electronic Mail and Directory Systems (X.400 / X.500) and one of the editors of X.509, one of the first PKI-standards.
In 1990 he became product manager and head of the Productcenter Telesec of Deutsche Telekom, that provided secure communication products and services, e. g. Certificate and Smartcard Services for public Digital Signature and corporate security solutions for business customers.
In 2002 he changed to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn and took over a division that is responsible for Technical Standardization, Certification, Conformity Testing and development of Protection Profiles and Technical Recommendations in the field of Information Security.
He is in charge of the division “Cyber Security for Digitization and Electronic Identities” since April 2019 and lead the division division “Certification and Standardization” from April 2019 to April 2020. His activities covers all aspects of BSI-certifications (till April 2020), certain ID-solutions and the support of the Digitalization projects of the Federal Government, Security aspects in the upcoming public 5G mobile networks, and cyber security aspects of eHealth and Smart Metering / Smart Grids, Industry 4.0, intelligent transport systems and the digital administration.
Bernd Kowalski is chairman of the Management Committee of the European Agreement of Mutual Recognition of IT-security product certificates (SOGIS-MRA) and member of the Management Committee of the international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA). He has been involved in the negotiation of the Certification Framework of the European Cybersecurity Act (CSA) and supports establishment of first European certification schemes.
Director of Cyber Security
Information System Authority, Republic of Estonia
Mr. Lauri Aasmann is the Deputy Director General and the Director of Cyber Security Branch at the Estonian Information System Authority, a national centre of excellence which develops and secures the foundations of the Estonian information society.
Since December 2019 Mr. Aasmann is leading the work of experts in areas of Crisis Management (CERT-EE); Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP); IT Baseline Security System (ISKE); and Cyber Security Analysis.
Previously, Mr. Aasmann served as the Head of Law Branch at NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, an international military organisation and NATO-accredited cyber defence hub, fostering the cyber defence cooperation of like-minded nations. He joined the NATO CCDCOE in 2011 as a senior researcher to notice novel legal problems related to cyberspace as a threat vector. As the Branch Chief he was responsible for planning the legal research on cyber operations and leading an international team of legal experts accordingly.
Lauri Aasmann has been involved with the legal aspects of cyber security and cyber defence since graduating from the University of Tartu Law Faculty. While working for government in the Prosecutor’s Office his specialization was in white-collar crime, in particular cybercrime and intellectual property infringements.
His international experience started in private sector after joining the Legal Department in Swedbank in 2007 as the in-house IT legal counsel, advising on the IT development issues in a team of Scandinavian-Baltic specialists.
Since 2019 Mr. Aasmann is an Ambassador of the NATO CCDCOE, an honorary title awarded to a former staff member who continues an affiliation with the CCDCOE and contributes to building new partnerships.