ABOUT US


WHAT WE DO

We protect companies against hackers and criminals. Our work is as dynamic and diverse as the threat itself. As an accredited assessor, we advise and certify companies worldwide according to the specifications of the credit card industry. The experts at usd HeroLabs identify vulnerabilities in IT systems and applications. Our security consultants advise companies holistically on questions of information security, risk management, and IT compliance. The Cyber Security Transformation Academy (CST Academy) promotes exchange and knowledge transfer within the community. more security is our mission.

WHAT DOES usd STAND FOR?

When usd was founded in 1994, the three-letter code stood for management consulting, security and services and described our then broad portfolio of services. Over the years, usd has developed and refined its portfolio. Today, the three-letter code stands for our mission and our values:


UNABHÄNGIGKEIT (INDEPENDENCE)

We’re a community of experts. We’re independent from products, haven’t taken out any loans, aren’t dominated by a client, we’re inventing ourselves. “U” is for “Unabhängigkeit”.

SICHERHEIT (SECURITY)

The center of our name and the center of what we do. We protect companies against hackers and criminals. “S” is for “Sicherheit” (Security).

DEMUT (HUMILITY)

No one is all-knowing, there is no absolute security. We are aware of our responsibility and we know that our task is complex. That’s why we share our knowledge, cooperate with the best and dedicate each day to “more security”. “D” is for “Demut” (Humility).

OUR COMMITMENT

In order to protect businesses against hackers and criminals, we must ensure that our skills and knowledge are up to date at all times. Therefore, security research is just as important to our work as is building up a security community to promote an exchange of knowledge. After all, more security can only be achieved if many people take on the task.

  • Our CST Academy and the HeroLab are essential parts of our security mission. We share the knowledge we gain in our practical work and our research through training courses and publications. In this context, the usd HeroLab publishes a series of papers on current vulnerabilities and security issues.

    CST Academy
  • The usd HeroLab is our technology and research center. Our security analysts, researchers and developers work here. The HeroLab regularly publishes excerpts of its security research findings.

    usd HeroLab

TIMELINE

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FOUNDATION IN LANGEN NEAR FRANKFURT A.M.

BRANCH OFFICE IN OVERATH NEAR COLOGNE

FOUNDATION OF “usd AKADEMIE” IN DARMSTADT

RELOCATION OF HEADQUARTERS TO NEU-ISENBURG

RELOCATION FROM OVERATH TO COLOGNE

BRANCH OFFICES IN STUTTGART & MUNICH

EXPANSION OF NEU-ISENBURG OFFICES
BY “CST ACADEMY” & “usd HeroLab”

FOUNDATION IN LANGEN NEAR FRANKFURT A.M.

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ESTABLISHMENT IN OVERATH NEAR COLOGNE

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FOUNDATION OF “usd AKADEMIE” IN DARMSTADT

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NEW LOCATION HEADQUARTERS IN NEU-ISENBURG

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RELOCATION FROM OVERATH TO COLOGNE

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ESTABLISHMENT IN STUTTGART & MUNICH

EXPANSION OF LOCATION NEU-ISENBURG
BY “CST ACADEMY” & “usd HeroLab”

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