Martin Schallbruch is a long-term strategist of digitalization. He has broad experience in the social, economic, and political implications of this process and even with the rules governing our digital society. He is an expert in organizing cooperation between government, industry, NGOs, and researchers in the management of digitization.
His research focuses on issues of cyber policies, cybersecurity and regulation in cyberspace. He advocates a strategy of digital sovereignty, strengthening and extending the ability of individuals, businesses, and governments to act in cyberspace without unwanted dependencies.
As a longtime Director General for Information Technology, Digital Society and Cyber Security in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Martin Schallbruch has largely designed the Digital Agenda of the federal government. He developed and implemented several government programs and legislative proposals on the digitization. For more than 10 years, almost every IT or digitization project of the Federal Government was led or advised by him.
Martin Schallbruch has built substantial government structures to govern information technology and digitization. He participated in the work of the commission of federal and state governments for the reform of federalism (Föderalismusreform II) as well as in the establishment of IT governance processes of the federal government. From 2008 to 2016 Martin Schallbruch was Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology. From 2010 he was responsible for the IT steering council of federal and state governments (IT-Planungsrat).
One of his main areas of expertise lies in cybersecurity. For many years he was responsible for the cybersecurity policy of Germany. In his team the National Plan for Information Infrastructure Protection (2005), the National Cyber Security Strategy (2011) and the IT Security Act (2015) were developed and implemented. For more than 12 years Schallbruch oversaw the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and was a member of the National Crisis Staff at the Federal Ministry of the Interior in charge of IT and cybersecurity. He represented Germany in European and international efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, e.g. the establishment of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the adoption of the European directive on network and information security (NIS directive).
As a longtime Chief Information Officer of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Martin Schallbruch gained great experience in planning and implementing information technology within government agencies. He was responsible for major IT projects and programs such as "Bund Online 2005", "Deutschland-Online", the modernizing and extending of the communications networks of the government, and the introduction of digital passports and national electronic identity cards.
Even before his time in the federal government, Martin Schallbruch worked at the nexus of information technology and law. His studies focused on information law and public sector ICT at the department of Computer Science and Society at the TU Berlin (Prof. Dr. Bernd Lutterbeck). As a scientist, he worked on issues of data protection, legal informatics and internet law at the Institute of Public Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schlink).
Martin Schallbruch is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Society for Law and Computer Science (DGRI), the Society for Computer Science (GI) and the CIO association VOICE. He is a lecturer for IT security law at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and is co-editor of the commentary on the German Administrative Procedures Act (Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz).
He has published over 30 articles on questions of legal and administrative computer science, IT security, and public ICT. In the 18 years of his work for the government he gave over 200 speeches, lectures, and interviews on issues of ICT, digitization, and cybersecurity.