According to the selection committee, Mynigma succeeded in achieving a balance between high security and easy use. The new program "M" is able to almost automatically carry out all of the annoying work of production, distribution, and management of keys often only understandable for IT professionals. It also coordinates the encryption system from fixed and mobile devices, allowing users to send encrypted mails from the office or on the road. With this program, monitoring and eavesdropping by unauthorized third parties is prevented, and the threshold for attacks is significantly higher. This contributes in a very user-friendly way to greatly increasing the security of the digital world.
Roman Priebe and Lukas Neumann were inspired through a scientific publication by Professor Volker Roth to create an innovative decentralized method of encryption. Roth is the leader of the Secure Identity Group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin, and he advises Priebe and Neumann as a faculty mentor.
The competition for the CeBIT Innovation Award is jointly promoted by Deutsche Messe and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award is presented for superior design and good usability. The goal is to make digital solutions – including software, hardware and applications – more functional and user-friendly.