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l. to r.: Kevin McKinley (Acting Secretary-General of ISO), ISO President Dr. Zhang Xiaogang, Dr. Walter Fumy, Ms Krystyna Passia, Dr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, ISO Vice-President (technical management)
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Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award 2015 ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 "IT Security techniques" presented with LDE award

(2015-09-17)  During the 2015 ISO General Assembly held in Seoul, Korea from the 14th to the 18th of September, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 27 "IT Security techniques" was presented with the Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award for its excellent technical work. The award, which was first presented in 2003, is named after Dr. Lawrence D. Eicher who served as ISO Secretary General from 1986 to 2002. The "LDE award" is presented to ISO technical committees (TC) or subcommittees (SC) who have shown great leadership, use innovative approaches and promote the involvement of developing countries. DIN holds the secretariat of this year's winner, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27, which is responsible for the standardization of IT security techniques. Its work is subdivided up into the areas IT management systems, cryptography, security evaluation, security controls and services, and identity management and privacy technologies. ISO President Dr. Zhang Xiaogang handed the award over to the subcommittee's Chairperson Dr. Walter ... More 

DIN's new website

(2015-08-27)  DIN's new website is online as from 27 August. Besides a new, modern design, users will find navigation even simpler and the search functionality considerably improved. The website has also been optimized for mobile devices. Simpler Navigation The site's structure has been completely revamped. The main navigation bar features the following: "About standards" explains how standards are developed, the benefits they bring to stakeholders, where they can be bought, and how they are used. "Research and innovation" shows how standards speed up the market maturation of innovations, describes DIN's role in research projects, and demonstrates how DIN supports cutting edge topics such as smart cities, the energy "turnaround" or Industry 4.0. The "DIN & our partners" section features information on the DIN Group and the European and global networks in which it moves. "Getting involved" shows how to take part in standardization, from submitting a standards proposal online, to participating ... More 

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DIN hosts the winner of ISO/DIN competitionDIN staff share their knowledge with Ester Williams of Jamaica

(2015-07-10)  Jamaican Ester Williams, the autumn 2014 winner of the ISO/DIN competition for young standardizers in emerging countries, redeemed her prize in June and visited DIN in Berlin. During her five-day stay in the German capital, Ms. Williams gained insight into the activities and functions of the German standards body. She learned not only how standardization works in Germany, but also discovered the important role that DIN plays in innovative areas such as electromobility, Industry 4.0 and smart cities. In discussions with DIN staff, she gained knowledge regarding services standardization and the work of the DIN Consumer Council. Informative meetings with staff members from DIN subsidiaries Beuth Verlag and DIN Software rounded out the comprehensive program. In an official letter, Ms. Williams personally thanked the Chairman of DIN's Executive Board, Dr. Torsten Bahke, for the invitation to Berlin. Williams noted that this trip was a valuable experience and that she was able to gain ... More 

DIN helps support the IT sectorNew German IT Security Act requires state-of-the-art measures

(2015-07-01)  The German Bundestag passed the new IT Security Act in mid-June of this year. The aim of the Act is to considerably improve IT security in Germany, for example by obliging providers of "critical infrastructures" ("CI providers"), such as energy, telecommunications, or water, to maintain a minimum level of IT security. Also, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is to be notified of all IT security incidents; failure to do so will incur a heavy fine. According to the Act, providers are to implement adequate organizational and technical "state of the art" precautions to protect their IT systems. Standards and specifications (in most cases international ones) will be useful for determining this state of the art. With its well-proven structures and processes, DIN is also expressly referred to in the Act as a national standards body and member of European and international standards organizations, and as a platform of cooperation between the State and CI ... More 

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Fun and businessRegional final of the "Business Schoolgames" at DIN

(2015-02-23)  The East Regional Final of this year's BUSINESS SCHOOLGAMES were held in DIN's Berlin offices on 19 February 2015. 75 students from schools in Berlin and Brandenburg participated in the tournament. Team winners in the junior school category were the Freie Oberschule Baruth and for the senior schools, the OSZ Bürowirtschaft I in Berlin. The aim of the BUSINESS SCHOOLGAMES is to introduce business topics to young people in a fun way, encouraging entrepreneurial thinking at an early age. DIN is a sponsor of the Games. In her welcome speech, Astrid Wirges, Member of DIN's Management Board and Head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs for the DIN Group, pointed out that it is also important for DIN that topics relating to business and economics are taught early on in schools, for this will help disseminate information on DIN and standardization. On the same day an event encouraging partnerships between schools and businesses took place, attended by more than 30 educators, who ... More 

Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician, and Dr. Torsten Bahke, CEO of DIN
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TTIP – New perspectives for German businessThe annual "Transatlantic Business Forum" gives politicians and industry actors a chance to network

(2015-02-23)  What does the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) mean for the German economy? To better understand the potential impact of the TTIP, this topic was the focus of this year's Transatlantic Business Forum held on 23 February 2015 in Berlin. Hosted by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) the event was attended by BDI President Ulrich Grillo DIHK President Eric Schweitzer, and 300 experts from industry, politics and civil society, including European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and the German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel. Market access and regulatory cooperation was the subject of a panel discussion in which Dr Torsten Bahke, Chairman of DIN's Executive Board, took part. "Common standards help remove barriers to trade and promote the exchange of goods and services", said Bahke. The most promising approach is to single out specific topics that, at first, can ... More 

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DIN and SAC agree on closer cooperation3rd meeting of German-Chinese Working Group on Electromobility

(2015-02-09)  The third meeting of the sub-working group on electromobility of the German-Chinese Standardization Cooperation Commission was held in Beijing on the 5th and 6th of February 2015. The meeting addressed current issues and forms of cooperation in areas such as vehicle safety, charging systems and batteries. Discussions focussed on international cooperation and the coordination of mirrored activities at national level, and elicited great interest and an active exchange of ideas among the experts. During the meeting SAC and DIN agreed on cooperation in various technical areas, including a detailed specification of requirements ensuring interoperability between charging stations and vehicles. It was agreed that the next steps to be taken - such as establishing responsibilities and prioritizing subjects - will be decided on during the coming weeks. The agreement also included regular communication between DIN and SAC as regards any changes to their respective standardization systems. More 

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ASME refers to ISO welding standardISO 9606-1 on the qualification of welders will also apply in the US

(2015-02-04)  For the first time ever, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has referred to an ISO welding standard in its pressure vessel code. The new July 2015 edition of Section IX "Welding and Brazing Qualifications" of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) will refer to ISO 9606-1:2012 "Qualification testing of welders - Fusion welding - Part 1: Steels" in its Appendix ZZZ. It will also cite ISO 14732:2013 on the "Qualification testing of welding operators and weld setters for mechanized and automatic welding of metallic materials". In Germany the latter standard is published as DIN EN ISO 14732. This means that, in terms of the qualification of welders and welding operators, the two ISO Standards can be considered as being equivalent to the ASME Code and thus apply in the US as well. This will be a great advantage for many European and international companies. Up until now, in order to gain a foothold on the US market European welding specialists had to obtain ... More 

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