Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

BSI Magazine

Editorial BSI Magazine 2018/01

Modern industrial plants today are highly interconnected systems. Many companies – from SMEs to industrial groups – are increasingly valuing the exchange of information with suppliers or customers as quickly and directly as possible. To achieve this, areas that were previously physically separated from each other are be connected over the Internet – and can therefore be attacked. Cyber criminals can exploit these attack surfaces. Sabotage, espionage and blackmail are often the consequences.

Attacks on industrial plants, sometimes with serious consequences, have been observed time and again in recent years. Industrial control systems, which play a central role in production safety and are therefore particularly crucial to protect, are especially threatened. Against this backdrop, companies have become more aware of Cyber Security – and not merely in the critical infrastructures IT Security law obliges them to invest in for the Cyber Security of their

Cyber Security plays a key role in the digitalisation of production processes. Only when security aspects are initially considered in the design, can digitalisation succeed in developing the desired potential for companies. An important concern of the BSI is therefore to foster sustainable security awareness among business and to lay a solid foundation for digitalisation.

What threat do attacks on industrial control systems pose? How can companies create the adequate conditions to protect themselves? How can Security by Design help to meet the growing challenges? In the latest issue of the BSI Magazine, we present some aspects of cyber security in the world of Industrie 4.0. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Sincerely Yours,

Arne Schönbohm,
President of the Federal Office
for Information Security (BSI)