IT security threats in Germany higher than ever before

CRITIS Germany

The security situation of the IT infrastructure in Germany has become even more acute. Remote maintenance and external access by third parties to critical infrastructure in particular pose a high risk.

According to a note on Deutschlandfunk radio, the current situation report from the Federal Office for Information Security indicates that the threat in cyber space is higher than ever.

"The reason cited for the difficult situation, in addition to cyber attacks in the context of the Russian attack on Ukraine, is the ongoing cyber crime. In addition, the quality of IT and software products is inadequate in many cases."

In connection with the Ukraine war, he said, there had been a collection of smaller incidents and hacking campaigns so far.

One example cited is the failure of remote maintenance in German wind turbines.

Management Report of the Federal Office for Information Security 2022

Federal Minister of the Interior Faeser explained that the increased cyber threat situation requires a strategic repositioning and significant investments in cyber security. Every vulnerability in software or hardware products is a potential gateway for attackers, she said. (Source: Deutschlandfunk)

Secure remote maintenance of critical infrastructure takes center stage

Remote maintenance is a critical aspect of IT security, as the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) states in the "Securing Remote Maintenance" chapter of the IT-Grundschutz catalog. The Act on Increasing the Security of Information Technology Systems (IT Security Act), which came into force in 2015, requires companies classified as critical infrastructures (CRITIS) to adapt their IT security to the "state of the art". The BSI provides basic rules for this and describes the necessary security functions that should be fulfilled.

But where do companies in the various sectors stand that have had to implement measures such as these for just over five years in some cases? We still hear about trivial cyber incidents that can be traced back to fundamentally non-existent security measures around securing remote maintenance access and the negligent granting of administrative rights.

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