Rohde & Schwarz puts spotlight on cybersecurity, adds new division

February 11, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The communications and T&M company is to set up a specialist group that combines its IT and network security subsidiaries as ‘Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity’. Ammar Alkassar and Reik Hesselbarth will be responsible for expanding this business field and developing the company's comprehensive portfolio of technically advanced solutions to meet tomorrow's needs.

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity will apply a new security-by-design technological concept to deliver proactive protection against outside attacks; the company has taken this approach to safeguarding data and communications in times of global networking, and is increasing its involvement in this future market.

Rohde & Schwarz has been active in the field of IT security for over 20 years. In 2014 and 2015, the group enhanced its know-how by acquiring Adyton GmbH , gateprotect GmbH and Sirrix AG . Long-standing subsidiaries ipoque GmbH and Rohde & Schwarz SIT GmbH will continue to contribute to the portfolio with their expertise and solutions. As part of the consolidation, Rohde & Schwarz SIT will be reorganised: its Stuttgart office will focus on its core business of radiocommunications encryption solutions. The end-to-end encryption and network security product groups will remain in Berlin. They will be integrated into Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH, which will have a total of nearly 400 employees at six locations in Germany.

Ammar Alkassar (CEO) and Reik Hesselbarth (CFO) (pictured) have been appointed to the Executive Board of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH. Alkassar has been the CEO of Sirrix AG for the last ten years, and Hesselbarth has gained experience in this segment as Managing Director of ipoque GmbH.

Ammar Alkassar says, "The IT and network security market today is fragmented in both Germany and Europe. There are no strong providers [such as] we see in the United States. We will rise to this challenge and develop Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity into a key solutions provider in Europe. We can achieve this by combining startups with the security and infrastructure of a global, successful high-tech company – that's a unique opportunity."

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity offers a wide range of technologically leading solutions for information and network security. Highly secure encryption solutions, next-generation firewalls and software for network analysis and endpoint security protect enterprises and public institutions worldwide against