Software quality and data security: Studo App receives TÜV SÜD certificate

On 30 November 2021, the Studo App was awarded the TÜV SÜD software test mark. The functionality was thoroughly tested by TÜV SÜD and the software quality of the Studo App was confirmed. In addition, TÜV SÜD certifies in an expert opinion that the recognised requirements for data protection and data security are met.

von Isabella Zick

The Studo team has always had the highest standards when it comes to the quality and security of the Studo App. This is reflected on the one hand in Studo's values and corporate philosophy, and on the other hand in the desire to have the Studo App continuously tested by external testing bodies. Over the course of the last three months, the Studo App has now been tested thoroughly by TÜV SÜD.

"The certification process was unproblematic, fast and efficient," says cooperation manager Christoph Sonnenschein, who is responsible for the certification of the Studo App, "even before we contacted TÜV, we fulfilled all the criteria for successful certification. For TÜV, it was a matter of documenting this in detail and underpinning the functioning of the processes with case studies. The audit confirmed this: The processes all meet the latest software development standards  both in terms of functionality and security. In addition, the requirements for data protection and data security were also confirmed."

TÜV SÜD software test mark

The decision was made in favour of TÜV SÜD as an independent, external testing body, as the certification of an app by TÜV creates trust among students and universities alike. It was also intended to make the work easier for university partners, Sonnenschein explains: "In many discussions with universities, we found that it is very time-consuming for IT and data protection officers to check new projects promptly and thoroughly. There was therefore a desire to bring in an independent external audit for rapid decision-making. TÜV as a well-known and independent institution fills this gap and creates trust on both sides."

The certificate is intended to underline Studo's high technical and security standards, ambitions and expertise. For their part, students and universities can rely on Studo's full compliance with these standards.

For the developers behind the Studo App and the rest of the Studo team, the certification proves what they have been working on for the last few years, says Sonnenschein: "It proves that the Studo App is a secure and high-quality product. It's very nice to have this confirmed once again by external software experts." In the future, the Studo App will be checked annually by TÜV SÜD and further optimised based on the feedback."

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