ABOUT US


WHAT WE DO

Our work is just as dynamic and diverse as the cyberthreats companies are facing today. As an officially accredited auditor , we provide consulting services to and certify companies world-wide. We check IT systems, applications and processes for security vulnerabilities. Our customers rely on the results of our security scans, penetration tests, forensic investigations and source code analyses. We support them to integrate appropriate security checks into their operative IT processes and to comply with regulatory requirements in a practical manner. Our Security Awareness Trainings provide security awareness; the Cyber Security Transformation Academy (CST Academy) promotes the sharing of information and knowledge transfer.

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

DEMUT (HUMILITY)

No one is omniscient, there is no absolute security. We are aware of our responsibility and we know that our task is a complex one. That’s why we 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.

ESTABLISHMENT IN OVERATH NEAR COLOGNE

FOUNDATION OF “usd AKADEMIE” IN DARMSTADT

NEW LOCATION HEADQUARTERS IN NEU-ISENBURG

RELOCATION FROM OVERATH TO COLOGNE

ESTABLISHMENT IN STUTTGART & MUNICH

EXPANSION OF LOCATION NEU-ISENBURG
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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