Germany is one of the leading countries in the defense against cyber attacks. Microsoft’s secure blog writes a position good when compared to the global average to Germany, when it comes to the systematic strengthening of cyber-security. It provides political conditions out development, the encouragement of research and development and knowledge of best practices. Germany has thus exemplary as one of five leading economies and could also promote type within the European Union.
as example assigns Microsoft’s security intelligence report (SIR) from an above-average on a global scale defense against malware, as well as a smaller number of infected computers. The number of malware messages was on the one evaluated by real-time security products Microsoft’s as encounter rate. This was 13 percent, worldwide but 21.2 percent in the second quarter 2016 in Germany. On the other hand have been through the free malicious software removal tool (MSRT) in Germany at 3.2 thousand computers away – worldwide infections but 8.8 purges were required.
“A significant share in the defense of these hazards and the potentially significant economic harm cooperation between government agencies and the private sector has in my view”, argues Paul Nicholas, Senior Director of Department of Microsoft’s trustworthy computing. “The new strategy for cyber-security seems to show that Germany’s political decision makers see it that way.”
this strategy based IT Security Act (“Act to improve the safety of academically systems”) according to since mid-2015 applicable Nicholas at . The controversial law on the one hand lays down a minimum level of security defined by the Federal Office for security in information technology (BSI), and on the other hand a reporting of security incidents for operators of so-called “critical infrastructure” such as banks, hospitals and energy companies. Cyber attacks need to bring on their systems to the attention immediately this BSI. Up to 100,000 euro threaten fine for non-compliance.
companies must report about 2000 any cyber attacks anonymously all-in-all, so the BSI from the transmitted information can create a picture of the situation and warn other companies if necessary. Besides the obligations for companies brought the IT security law, advanced skills for the BSI, as well as the Federal Network Agency and broadening the powers of the Federal Criminal Police Office for investigation in the area of computer-related crime. The IT Security Act beginning encountered criticism – and critical discussion not ebbed even after that.
as challenge seesmanagers Paul Nicholas now, that not all companies are in favour of the exchange of information with authorities. Actually this meet to currently only at 13 percent of German companies: “It would be a tragic irony if companies move away from this opportunity, because governments just understand that public private partnerships for cyber-security are necessary.”