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Source: Federal Office for Information Security Third edition of the French-German IT security picture published

Location Bonn Date 17.12.2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has in some cases significant effects on the IT security situation in Germany and France. In both countries, the corona-related digitalization surge has increased the potential attack surface and thus the risk of successful cyber attacks. This is the result of what is now the third joint assessment of the situation by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the French Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI) in the third edition of the joint situation report published today ANSSI and BSI state that cyber criminals have reacted flexibly to the pandemic and are deliberately taking advantage of the general uncertainty among companies and the population. Even before the pandemic began, the two authorities observed an increase in the aggressiveness of extortion methods in ransomware attacks and more and more cases of so-called “big game hunting”, i.e. highly professional and targeted attacks on wealthy targets. Against this background, both authorities consider information security to be an essential prerequisite for successful digitization and will continue to work together to ensure that digitization in France, Germany and Europe is secure. BSI President Schönbohm explains: “Do the same as the Corona virus Digitization processes and cyber criminals do not stop at national borders. That is why the alliance with our French partner authority ANSSI is so essential. The healthcare system in both countries in particular is facing the major challenge of fighting the pandemic and at the same time effectively arming itself against possible cyber attacks. Because hospitals, vaccine manufacturers and their supply chains are increasingly the focus of cyber criminals. Failures in these areas can have devastating consequences that we cannot afford, especially in the midst of a pandemic. As the federal cyber security authority, we have therefore taken some measures – also with our French partners – to actively improve the cyber security situation in the healthcare sector. As early as the spring, we made vaccine manufacturers aware of the dangers posed by cyber criminals. We are talking intensively with the federal government about protecting the logistics chains for vaccines. Companies must also do their part, for example by making appropriate investments in information security. ”“ The increase in cyber espionage, the increased threat posed by cyber criminals and the increased risk to critical digital systems require more awareness than ever of the threat situation . We have to act at all levels and, following the example of the Franco-German partnership, further expand international cooperation, ”explains Guillaume Poupard, General Director of ANSSI. The third edition of the joint Franco-German IT security picture is now available on the BSI website available for download below. The topic of the issue is the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the IT security situation in France and Germany in the areas of health care, public administration, as well as business and civil society. The joint analysis, comparative assessment and trustworthy exchange of situation information and the associated evaluations make a significant contribution to being able to assess the current risk situation even more qualified.Press contact: Federal Office for Information SecurityPostfach 20036353133 BonnTelephone: +49 228 99 9582-5777Telefax: +49 228 99 9582-5455E-Mail:


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