№ 024/2015 from Jan 30, 2015
Mynigma, a spin-off of Freie Universität Berlin is one of three finalists at the CeBIT computer fair in Hannover in March. Mynigma developed a secure e-mail application for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that encrypts messages almost automatically. The product won a 2015 CeBIT Innovation Award and will be on display at the product show from March 16 to 20 in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony in Germany. The developers, Roman Priebe and Lukas Neumann, will win at least 20,000 euros. They developed the application with their company Mynigma that they founded with support from profund, Freie Universität Berlin's start-up support service.
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.