Mirko Ross, born 1972, is an internationally recognized activist, expert, speaker, publicist and researcher in the field of Cyber Security and the Internet of Things. At the age of 14, he began investigating vulnerabilities in IT systems. Instead of a career as a hacker, he decided to found during his studies his first company digital worx, focusing on Internet software development. Mirko has been member of the Expert Group on Internet Security of Things of the European Cyber Security Agency ENISA and advises the EU Commission as an expert. He is also active in international committees and research projects in the field of cyber security and blockchain technologies. Mirko is still closely associated with the positive hacker attitude and maker movement and promotes non-profit projects in the field of Open Data and IT education. In 2018 he founded a new company, asvin.io, with the aim of increasing cyber security in the Internet of Things and providing software solutions for this purpose, leading asvin to the best Cybersecurity Start-up in Germany by 2020 rated by it-sa. Mirko lives in the countryside and works in Stuttgart.
Extortion, data theft, sabotage – when cybercriminals hijack devices on the Internet of Things, the consequences can be devastating. The risk for companies is high, because industrial IoT devices are preferred targets for cyber attacks. Security vulnerabilities due to a lack of updates play a central role in this. To make the Internet of Things more secure, the Stuttgart-based start-up asvin.io has developed a solution that secures and monitors the software lifecycle from development and distribution to operation on devices.