Markus is the founder and Managing Director of SOFTimpact Ltd. Before setting up SOFTimpact in 1998, Markus worked for the ERP Consulting practice of Hewlett Packard in Germany. Since 2006 he is placing the focus of the company on maritime solutions. He is actively involved in the ICT committees of maritime associations, is a frequent speaker on maritime conferences, was called in 2011 to join the executive committee of InterManager and is a member of the Shipping KPI Expert Group. Asked to summarize, why SOFTimpact decided to set up CyberSail.org, Markus said "Cyber threats to the Maritime Industry are real, but hyped. CyberSail.org is designed to avoid panic and help shipping companies to handle security issues in a pragmatic manner."