The Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder honored 49 prominent personalities with the Bayerischer Verdienstorden. in the Antiquarium of the Munich Residence on July, 8th 2021. One of them was Prof. Claudia Eckert, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC and Full Professor at the Department of Informatics (Chair of IT Security). The award recognises her outstanding research activities in the area of Cyber Security und her efforts about the technology site Bavaria. The Fraunhofer AISEC, which was founded by Prof. Eckert has currently more than 130 highly qualified employees. So she significantly helps to establish Munich as an internationally recognized site for application-oriented IT Security research. As a member of different national and international industrial advisory boards and scientific bodies Prof. Eckert furthermore advises companies, economic alliances and the state sector on all matters of IT Security.