Since January 2016 Thomas Niessen holds the position of Managing Director of the Kompetenznetzwerk Trusted Cloud under patronage of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy.
The Kompetenznetzwerk issues the Trusted Cloud Label based on criteria in the domains of IT Security, Privacy Compliance, Functionality/Interoperability, Operations and contractual framework.
Currently he also works in the German AUDITOR project developing a GDPR certification according to Art. 42 and is a member of the EU cloud security certification group.
Prior to his current position he managed some of the largest German innovation programs (Internet of Services/Cloud) and was Vice President of a software company specialized in information retrieval/Big Data.