Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

BSI Magazine

Editorial BSI Magazine 2017/02

The massive cyber attacks of the recent past have shown that the major digitalisation projects in Germany and the use of the Internet of Things by our citizens are only a gain for us all if an appropriate security level can be ensured.

The IT Security Act, the KRITIS regulations, the regulations in the Telecommuni-cations and NIS Implementation Act create a solid framework for higher IT security. They require numerous players to ensure an adequate level of security and report incidents. The focus of the BSI goes even beyond this, however. As the national cyber security agency, it is our job to shape information security in digitalisation. That is why we also approach those who are not directly subject to the above-mentioned regulations.

No company likes to admit that it has fallen victim to a cyber attack; no PC user gladly admits that ransomware irretrievably encrypted all of his data. They must trust the authority they turn to in such cases.

A representative survey conducted by the BSI recently showed that 87 per cent of respondents consider security on the Internet an important aspect, but less than half say they are familiar with this topic. Two-thirds say that security tests, security guidelines and clear liability provisions contribute to more security in cyber space.

Furthermore, a study published by DIVSI showed that four out of five respondents advocated the introduction of a security seal for trustworthy offers and services on the Internet. 85 per cent of Internet users in Germany agree that the government should deal more with Internet security, and 80 per cent said they were in favour of a central competent authority in Germany for all security-related tasks on the Internet.

The BSI already is this central authority. In its current form, it has a unique selling point – its internal networking. Experts from the special field of information security work more closely and directly together at the BSI than anywhere else. This bundling and networking of cyber security expertise in one agency gives the BSI its high impact in Germany. For this reason, insights from operational cyber defence can be introduced to prevention, standardisation and certification without delay. Therefore, new findings from the basic work of cryptography are incorporated into the defence capabilities of the BSI. That is why this knowledge can be comprehen-sively prepared and communicated. For this reason, the BSI initiates the dialogue with the government, the business world and society and seeks to gain acceptance of cyber security issues.

You’ll find many of these exciting topics in our BSI Magazine. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Arne Schönbohm,

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

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