Hasselt, Belgium – November 14, 2018 – Eurofins Digital Testing, a global leader in end-to-end quality assurance (QA) and testing services, today announced that the company has launched a new Cyber Security Division to serve the media and entertainment industry, Internet of Things providers, and other key markets. Concurrently, the company announced the appointments of Marcel Mangel, Erik Rutkens, and Sean Walls as Managing Directors of Cyber Security, overseeing a team of nearly 100 security experts around the globe.
Today, media and entertainment companies in particular face numerous security threats. These span their internal enterprise software applications and hardware, physical office locations, service delivery infrastructure, content protection methods, billing systems, customer-facing applications, and consumer devices including PCs, tablets, mobile devices, connected TVs, set-top boxes, smart home/IoT devices, and more.
Eurofins’ new Cyber Security Division was established to help new and existing customers conduct risk and vulnerability assessments; meet compliance obligations; develop effective security programs; train employees; and test applications and devices for vulnerability via audits and ethical hacking programs.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Eurofins Digital Testing and is a critical sign of the times for our customers around the world,” said Johan Craeybeckx, Business Line Director, Eurofins Digital Testing International. “We view cyber security as a natural extension to our extensive testing solution portfolio to help our customers address their threats and vulnerabilities. As part of this effort, we have assembled an exceptional leadership team comprised of Marcel Mangel, Erik Rutkens, and Sean Walls, who collectively bring decades of proven and diverse cyber security experiences to bear. We share a common vision to protect our clients’ connected systems, data, and services throughout the media and entertainment industry, and other sectors, across Europe and around the globe.”
Marcel Mangel is a Managing Director of Cyber Security, based in Germany. Mr. Mangel was most recently Chief Technical Officer at TÜV SÜD Digital Service GmbH, and has over a decade of experience in offensive as well as defensive cyber security. He also serves as an assistant professor for IT security at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, and holds a master’s degree in computer science as well as several renowned IT security certifications.
Based in the Netherlands, Erik Rutkens is a Managing Director of Cyber Security, and comes to Eurofins through its acquisition of Insite Groep, the holding of Insite Security and ITsec Security Services, earlier this year. Mr. Rutkens was co-founder of Zercopter. Prior to serving as CEO of Insite Groep, Mr. Rutkens was a Senior Manager at KPMG and spent more than ten years in various teaching roles at the University of Groningen.
Sean Walls is also a Managing Director of Cyber Security, based in the United States. He has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and information technology, and has held executive leadership roles with several international cyber security and IT integration companies. Additionally, Sean has developed successful cybersecurity business units for other large organizations, and has been a strategic advisor to many Fortune 500 and 100 companies over the years.
Messrs. Mangel, Rutkens, and Walls oversee a diverse team of personnel, labs, and regional offices serving clients around the globe, and they report to Johan Craeybeckx, Business Line Director, Eurofins Digital Testing International.
Eurofins Digital Testing’s new Cyber Security Division provides a range of services across six broad categories, including:
Prior to today’s announcement and the recent acquisition of Insite Security, Eurofins Digital Testing was already an established leader providing security-related services to the media and entertainment industry. Notably, Eurofins helped develop and manages the content security compliance program for the Digital Production Partnership (founded by ITV, BBC and Channel 4). Eurofins Digital Testing assesses and validates the checklists submitted by suppliers to ensure compliance with the DPP-defined security best practices, in order to receive the official DPP “Committed to Security Mark.”
Eurofins Digital Testing is also the official CI Plus LLP approved Test Centre, serving device manufacturers and CI Plus DVB operators. CI Plus is the default standard for linear pay-TV delivery on iDTVs (integrated digital TV) which secures video, via the Common Interface (CI) and Conditional Access Module (CAM), enabling the delivery of valuable HD and UHD to retail receivers in a secure environment.
Outside of the media and entertainment industry, Eurofins Digital Testing Cyber Security Division will also serve select clients across the profit and non-profit sector, including: financial, utilities, healthcare, transportation, and more. Additional details about the full range of Eurofins’ Cyber Security services are available at https://www.eurofins-digitaltesting.com/cyber-security/.