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heise meets … 100 days of IT Security Act 2.0 – first experiences

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In the 6th edition of our podcast “heise meets … The decision-maker talk”, Gisela Strnad speaks with Arne Schönbohm, President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) about the first 100 days of the IT Security Act 2.0: What were the first experiences ?

For 30 years, the BSI has continuously accompanied the dynamics created by the digital world. Ransomware attacks, phishing, theft of electronic identities and extortion are on the rise. “We will not be able to prevent it, but we have to counter this tendency again and again and develop further in IT security,” says Arne Schönbohm.



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

Worldwide, the BSI plays a major role through qualified employees, the latest technologies and current laws and regulations, such as the IT Security Act 2.0. In the first 100 days, an inventory of the risk situation and the associated fields of action was taken. Health apps were checked and manufacturers were asked to close security gaps. In the context of consumer protection, an advisory board for digital consumer protection was established. The BSI now hopes that the employee positions made available for this will also be approved in the 2022/2023 budget.

Due to the constantly changing attack techniques, the legal basis also has to be adapted regularly. “Germany has always had high security standards,” Made in Germany “was a defining term for this. This quality should and must be our claim, even in a digitized world.” says Arne Schönbohm. This is why the BSI also works with research institutions at an early stage so that security-related issues are taken into account during development, for example in the area of ​​AI.

He advises entrepreneurs to keep asking themselves the question of safety. It must also be clear to the entrepreneur what risks he is prepared to take. He receives advice on this issue from the Alliance for Cybersecurity, among others.

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