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verinice 1.16 helps you to handle the GDPR

20.04.2018

SerNet has released the open source ISMS tool verinice in version 1.16. With this release, the team focuses on data protection and especially the GDPR. The combination of verinice and the Data Protection Module now makes it possible to comfortably document processing activities and to implement contracted data processing in compliance with EU law.

Data protection with verinice

The Data Protection Module supports the documentation of contracted data processing, contracting parties and services in accordance with Article 28 GDPR. Corresponding contracts can be integrated directly. Data protection expert Sirin Torun, who designed the Data Protection module, also draws attention to the ADV controls that she developed herself: "They form a catalogue of measures that supports the verification and documentation of order processing. The ADV controls can also be used for initial or follow-up audits."

For the list of processing activities according to the GDPR, the Data Protection Module provides an example catalogue with samples of procedures including exemplary solutions for typical data protection problems - easily adaptable to the respective company, enterprise and authorities and can be extended as required. Torun emphasizes: "A special feature is that the technical and organizational measures (TOMs) can be selected from the ISO 27001 controls or the German BSI IT Baseline Protection measures and are assigned to the data protection objectives of Article 32 GDPR". This enables users to find their way quickly and work efficiently. The resulting interface between data protection and information security management means a considerable value for users. Especially if the ISMS is documented with verinice, costs can be reduced and the documentation effort can be reduced.

All data from the Data Protection Module can also be aggregated in reports. A total of 12 reports summarize the necessary information on a special area or on an overview topic.

The Data Protection Module is currently only available in German. Also it requires a verinice subscription. SerNet is planning further updates for the data protection module in the near future. The next topics on the roadmap are data protection risk management and risk analysis as well as data protection impact assessment. Users of the current data protection module should have access to these new features.

Modernized IT Baseline Protection

verinice 1.16 also has some innovations to show for the implementation of the new BSI IT Baseline Protection. The Baseline Protection Compendium has been revised, an implementation status for requirements and measures has been added, an identifier marks links clearer and new object types represent the diverse documentation tasks of the modernized IT Baseline Protection. As well as the Data Protection Module, the new IT Baseline Protection is only available in German.

Details about verinice 1.16 can be found in the release notes and about the Data Protection Module on the product page in the verinice.SHOP (German only) – interested parties can also participate in one of our webinars and get a first impression. 


verinice supports CentOS 7

27.03.2018

CentOS 7CentOS 7 is supported by verinice since the current 1.15 version – users can now switch to the newer version of the Linux distribution.

Updating servers from CentOS 6 to 7 is not possible, hence verinice must be set up and configured again. If needed, SerNet and the verinice.TEAM offer support with the transition. The verinice appliance will be available for CentOS 7 in a few weeks and will also simplify the reinstallation. Daniel Murygin, team lead software development: "Customers who are burning, but can now start with verinice 1.15 on a CentOS 7 server."

According to the end-of-support schedule, maintenance updates for the CentOS 6 series will be available until November 30, 2020. verinice will be available for CentOS 6 for the time being. Customers can continue to work with the combination verinice / CentOS 6 and schedule the change for a later date.


verinice 1.15 published

06.02.2018

The verinice.TEAM has released the ISMS tool verinice in version 1.15. Main changes are the integration of the Modernized IT Baseline Protection issued by the German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) and support of the EU GDPR. Publisher SerNet provides verinice and verinice.PRO for download in the verinice.SHOP or in the customer repository. The release also includes enhancements in various areas such as search and indexing, report query, and the web frontend.

EU GDPR and Data Privacy Module

verinice 1.15 and the enhanced Data Privacy Module enable working with the EU GDPR. The extended Module will be available for download in the verinice.SHOP or in the update repository soon: In addition to the mapping of the dircetory of processings, it also supports the required documentation for contract data processing. Until the deadline in May, additional extensions for the Modul are planned. They include risk management for data privacy and the data privacy impact assessment.

Implement Modernized IT Baseline Protection

verinice 1.15 is the first version that implements the Modernized IT Baseline Protection according to the new BSI standards 200-1, 200-2 and 200-3.

More updates for verinice are on the horizon this year. These are intended to integrate the still missing content from the BSI. verinice Product Owner Michael Flürenbrock: "Users should be able to work with the latest version of the new Baseline Protection in verinice in a timely manner." In particular, risk management and the migration from the previous IT Baseline Protection Catalog to the IT Baseline Protection Compendium are among the expected BSI updates.

verinice users will receive the new versions as part of their ongoing subscriptions.

KIX connection in cooperation with c.a.p.e. IT

In verinice 1.15 the REST interface was expanded. The verinice.TEAM is working closely with Chemnitz (Germany) based  c.a.p.e IT, manufacturer of the OTRS-based ticket system KIX. Thus, after Greenbone / OpenVAS now another IT service management (ITSM) tool is directly linked to verinice.

verinice.XP - the conference - in March - in Berlin

The verinice.XP from 21 to 23 March 2018 evolves around verinice. All users of the ISMS tool are invited to Berlin  In addition to lectures on innovations such as the Modernized IT Baseline Protection and data privacy in verinice, participants can also expect reports from daily practice, e.g. for use at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Europ Assistance or for industries such as finance and insurance, water companies and hosters. Tickets and more information at verinicexp.org.


verinice.CLIENT available as subscription

06.10.2017

verinice.CLIENT IconThe verinice.CLIENT is now available as subscription at the verinice.SHOP. The contract period spans 1, 2 or 3 years. The change made by verinice publisher SerNet comes as a lot of customers requested a subscription based model.

Previously, new versions of the verinice.CLIENT had to be purchased separately. With typically two releases a year many customers required a new acquisition every six month and had to negotiate with their purchasing department. To simplify this process on the user side, SerNet has switched to the new subscription model. From now on, customers can buy a verinice subscription for a period of 1, 2 or 3 years. A subscription includes access to all newly published versions.


See verinice in Action at it-sa 2017

31.07.2017

verinice and partners at it-sa 2017it-sa - the annual fair and meeting place for the IT security industry - will take place from 10 to 12 October in Nuremberg this year. SerNet will be there together with verinice.PARTNERS at the verinice booth in Hall 9 / 9-204.

SerNets verinice.TEAM will be accompanied by some partners from the verinice.PARTNERS network. Cassini, IT-InfoSec, neam and SILA Consulting are part of the project. Together they will present verinice and offer an outlook on verinice 1.15. The partners will also inform about their individual services such as the design, implementation and optimization of a management system for information security, as well as certification and trainings.

You want  to learn more about verinice or certain functions? You want to know if verinice is the right tool for you? Or just give us feedback on the software? You want to get to know some verinice.PARTNERS and their services? We look forward to welcoming you at our booth. For appointments send us an email to itsa@sernet.de.

Free eTicket

Get your visitor ticket for free access to it-sa: Just redeem the voucher code A361597 at http://www.it-sa.de/voucher/. With a visitor ticket you’ll be able to explore it-sa on any day starting at 9am.


verinice 1.14 available: responsive web front end

10.07.2017

New web front end with graphical analysisverinice has been released in version 1.14 and is available at the verinice.SHOP. Sernet's verinice.TEAM has several major and minor changes packed into the release for the ISMS tool. One focus is on the redesign of the web front end. In addition, there are already some changes in the background for the newly introduced license management. The release notes offer all details.

Redesigned web front end

The most striking innovation of verinice 1.14 is the basic redesign of the web front end, which can be used by verinice.PRO customers. This presents itself sleaker, with more comfortable user experience - and responsive. verinice.PRO users are now able to use it with mobile devices. In addition, the web front end has been upgraded in terms of security.

Newly added is a graphical analysis, which always provides an overview of the current status of information security.
It shows the implementation status of the basic protection measures and the ISO controls across all organisations/scopes. This shoul simplify the daily work of CISOs and security officers in particular. With the graphical interface, they can retrieve results in real-time and report them.

The changes are the first step of a fundamental overhaul of the web front end. Further functions will be added.

Outlook

Also new in verinice 1.14 is a comprehensive license management: Standards can be integrated directly into the tool with their original content. Licenses can be purchased in the verinice.SHOP soon. With verinice 1.14  the preparations for upcoming versions have begun in the background. One of the upcoming innovations concerns the German modernized IT Baseline Protection.

Interested to get a glimpse at the verinice future? Meet us at it-sa 2017 (10 - 12 October 2017) in Nuremberg, Germany. Just send an email to http://itsa@sernet.deitsa@sernet.de for an appointment.

Free upgrade

You bought the previous version verinice 1.13 after June 10, 2017? Contact us at sales@remove-this.sernet.com and we will send you a voucher code to download verinice 1.14.


v.Designer 1.13.1 added to verinice.SHOP

24.02.2017

SerNet added v.Designer to the verinice.SHOP today so this software is not only available for verinice.PRO customers but also for users of the verinice standalone Client.

v.Designer enables you to modify report templates or to create new ones.

verinice uses the BIRT framework that includes a report designer. v.Designer is based on this tool and has been slightly modified for verinice and enhanced with certain options and functions. All main functions remain the same so that manuals and tutorials for a BIRT report designer can be used to learn how to work with v.Designer.

We added a very short manual to the v.Designer package - currently in German, that will be tranlated and added to the package by end of April.

Please consider that v.Designer is always adapted to the current version of verinice, but you do not have to by v.Designer again, if a new verinice version is released. We will update v.Designer in the shop backend so all you have to do os download the software again.


verinice 1.13.1 published - major updates for German version

19.12.2016

verinice.TEAM just released verinice 1.13.1 that contains some enhancements and bug fixes. It can be downloaded for free by all customers that bought verinice 1.13 at the verinice.SHOP or maintain an active verinice.PRO subscription.

This new version contains major enhancements for German data protection regulations. For more info please switch to the German version of this announcement. The developers also permanently added the BCM enhancements regarding the German BSI standard 100-4, that had been published as a supplement in early November 2016.


verinice.XP 2017 - The agenda is online!

11.12.2016

The verinice.XP 2017 agenda is online! Our information security conference takes place on February 6th and 7th at Sofitel Kurfürstendamm in Berlin.

The first day "Grundschutztag" about "BSI Baseline Security" starts with Marc Fliehe's keynote from BITKOM e.V. and is followed by Jan Grasshof (Cassini) about "Grundschutz" at Berlin's public administration and Holger Schellhaas (TCI) at a travel insurance company. Ronny Frankenstein (HiSolutions) gives an overview about "Neuer Grundschutz" and Alexander Koderman reports about "Geheimschutz and Grundschutz". The final session is presented by Michael Flürenbrock from SerNet as an overview and discussion about the verinice future roadmap.

The second "ISO day" starts with a keynote from Boban Kršić (DENIC) about Business Continuity Management followed by talks about ISMS usage at AEB (Volkher Wegst), about risk and compliance management at University of Oxford (Jonathan Ashton) and SOX management at US based energy company ITRON (Michael Schneider). SerNet lawyer Sirin Torun will talk about the "EU General Data Protection Regulation" and how it will be integrated in verinice, and the day will close with a general discussion in the verinice.FORUM for all attendees.

Registration for the conference is open at verinicexp.org for a fee of 150 Euro per day. A social event in the conference hotel on the evening of the first day is the opportunity for networking and meeting with both other participants and the verinice.TEAM as well. All participants will receive a voucher code for the verinice manual for a free download. verinice.PRO customers can ask for a 20% discount voucher via mail to sales@sernet.com!


verinice.XP 2017 - Registration started!

27.11.2016

After German BSI discontinued it's own GSTOOL for information security management the tool market evolves quickly. verinice plays an important rule because it is the only OpenSource tool with a BSI license.

verinice.XP – User Conference for Information Security shows how GSTOOL users can migrate to verinice and other tools and how the new German baseline security will evolve at BSI and can be adopted especially by critical infrastructure providers.

verinice.XP takes place on Februar 6th and 7th 2017 at Sofitel Kurfürstendamm Berlin (Augsburger Straße 41, 10789 Berlin) and is hosted by SerNet, the company behind verinice. Participants are IT leads, decision makers, information security officers and persons responsible for data protection in companies and public authorities.

Fokus of the first day is German baseline security, featured by German BSI. Marc Fliehe will show in his keynote how the most important IT business foundation in Germany - BITKOM e.V. - sees the future development and challenges for information security management in Germany. The second day is about the generic international standard ISO 27001. Boban Kršic from DENIC e.G. will give a keynote talk with focus on Business Continuity Management.

The complete program of verinice.XP 2017 will be published on the conference website in early December.

Registrations for the conference are possible online at verinicexp.org, "Baseline-Day" and "ISO-Day" can be booked separately or both. A social event takes place on the evening of the first day for all participants and gives a chance for networking and even more discussions about the topics of the day. All participants have access to a cost free voucher code for the current verinice manual.


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