About the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V.

In August 2012, the Cyber ​​Security Council Germany e.V. was founded by well-known personalities. The Berlin-based association is politically neutral and has the purpose of advising companies, authorities and political decision-makers in the field of cyber security and strengthening them in the fight against cyber crime.

The five-member executive committee of the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. includes the co-founder of the association, Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, as president, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Weidenfeld, longstanding advisor to various federal governments and the European Union and coordinator of German-American relations for twelve years, as Vice President. The Executive Committee is supplemented by Prof. Dr. Andre Döring, representative for data protection and startups as well as CEO of Robin Data GmbH, Philipp v. Saldern, Commissioner for Security and Defense Policy and Hartmut Ziebs, former President of the German Fire Brigade Association. They are a members of the Executive Committee as an assessor.

The members of the association include large and medium-sized companies, operators of critical infrastructures, numerous federal states, municipalities as well as experts and political decision-makers related to cyber security. Through its members, the association represents more than three million employees from business and almost two million members of other associations and associations. The Cyber ​​Security Council Germany e.V. informs and supports its members with a wide range of offers and aligns its activities to their operational and operational needs.

The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. pursues the following goals:

  • Intensification of cooperation between politics, public administration, business and science to improve IT protection
  • Initiatives and projects to promote cyber security awareness
  • Establishment of a Germany-wide cyber security network in a European and international context
  • Knowledge platform, forum and network for association members

Our measures

The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. offers a range of measures to improve the IT and cyber security of companies and public institutions:

  • Information events and discussion rounds on the topic of cyber security
  • Industry or topic-related working groups to develop solution approaches
  • Neutral platform and network for identifying cooperation partners
  • Advice to political decision-makers
  • Trips abroad for international exchange with decision-makers and company management on the subject of cyber security
  • Organization of training courses on IT protection
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Creation of studies, analyzes and articles
  • Commenting on laws or drafts

The Board


Hans-Wilhelm Dünn – President

Studied administrative sciences at the University of Potsdam, from 2007 to 2009 personal assistant in the office of the Minister for Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg. From 2010 to 2012 managing director of Security and Safety made in Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. From 2009 to 2010 member of the supervisory board of Energie und Wasser Potsdam GmbH and from 2011 to 2014 member of the supervisory board of VIP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH. From 2009 to 2019 member of the supervisory board of Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann gGmbH and Lausitz Klink Forst GmbH and member. From 2012 to 2016 founding member and vice president of the Cyber ​​Security Council Germany e.V., then Secretary General. President of the Cyber ​​Security Council Germany e.V. since May 2018. He has also run his own management consultancy since 2012. He imparts his expertise in the field of digital transformation and cyber security at high-level events as a keynote speaker and panelist. Since September 2021, Hans-Wilhelm Dünn has been teaching as a lecturer in the master’s degree in criminalistics at the Police University of the State of Brandenburg. He is a frequent contact for TV stations and other media formats as well as a guest author for various newspapers, trade journals and scientific publications.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Weidenfeld – Vice President

Director of the C•A•P and Professor of Political Science at the LMU Munich

Leading political scientist in Germany, head of the Center for Applied Political Research (CAP) and professor of political science at the LMU Munich, advisor to the federal government for several years, was classified as the most influential political advisor in Germany in 2007, from 1987 to 1999 coordinator of German-American relations of the federal government, Board member of the Bertelsmann Foundation from 1992 to 2007.


Hartmut Ziebs – Assessor

Former President of the German Fire Brigade Association a.D.

President of the German Fire Brigade Association from 2016 to 2019, previously Vice President of the association from 2003 to 2015. Self-employed entrepreneur and member of the Schwelm fire brigade since 1977. (Photo credits: S. Jacobs/DFV)

Philipp v. Saldern – Assessor, Commissioner for Security and Defense Policy

Honorary Member (since May 2018)

From February 2016 to May 2018 President of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V.


Prof. Dr. Andre Döring – Assessor, representative for the topics of data protection and startups

In 2003 diploma in natural scientific computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence and security at the University of Bielefeld. In 2009 doctorate with Prof. Dr.-Ing-habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute Paderborn and Fraunhofer-ALB on artificial intelligence in production control. 2007 founder and managing director of the medium-sized business consultancy reQuire consultants GmbH. Full professor for business informatics and project management at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences since 2011. In 2018 founder and managing director of the legal tech start-up Robin Data GmbH, appointed data protection and information security officer for medium-sized and large companies and authorities. Honorary data protection officer of the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Germany e. V. and the German Depression Aid Foundation.

International cooperation

Dr. Alexander Löw – Representative for Transatlantic Cooperation

Dr. Alexander Löw is responsible for the transatlantic partnership of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V., in particular the CSCG office in Howard County. Here he contributes his more than 30 years of international experience as an entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Data-Warehouse GmbH). Löw has been active as a security expert since 1979. He was also president of the Europe World Jurist Association and holds degrees in computer science and psychotherapy science.


Chief of Staff


Hannes Harthun – Chief of Staff

Hannes Harthun is the contact person for activities of the Executive Committee and the association as well as for organizational and content-related issues.

Telefon +49 30 / 6796 365 26
Mail harthun@cybersicherheitsrat.de


Najeeb Ayoub – IT security officer

Najeeb Ayoub is a cyber security and defense expert. He has over 10 years of experience in this space and is also co-chair of the Attribution, Forensics and Intelligence Hub (AFI Hub).

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