At Volkswagen, a global company geared towards further growth, the information technology (IT) used in all divisions Group-wide is assuming an increasingly important role. IT risks include unauthorized access to sensitive electronic corporate data as well as limited systems availability as a consequence of downtime or natural disasters. We address the risk of unauthorized access to corporate data by using firewall and intrusion prevention systems and a dual authentication procedure. We achieve additional protection by restricting the allocation of access rights to systems and information and by keeping backup copies of critical data resources. For this, we use technical resources that have been tried and tested in the market, adhering to standards applicable throughout the Company. By implementing redundant IT infrastructures, we protect ourselves against risks that occur in the event of a systems failure or natural disaster.
Back in 2011, a new Group data center was put into operation at the Wolfsburg site, which sets high standards across the entire automotive industry in terms of security, performance and energy efficiency. We maintained this course in 2012 commissioning additional data centers at the Mladá Boleslav and Ingolstadt sites.
In addition, we continuously take measures to combat identified and anticipated risks during the software development process, when protecting the IT infrastructure and also in the allocation of access rights to. systems and data resources. These preventative measures are taken with the aim of counteracting the growing intensity and quality of attacks on our IT systems and data resources at an early stage.