Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) wants to strengthen the powers of the security authorities to combat cyber attacks.
The federal government wants to better arm itself against cyber attacks.
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) presented her new cyber security agenda today. The agenda builds on Horst Seehofer’s (CSU) cyber security strategy and is intended, among other things, to reorganize the cyber security architecture. New powers for the security authorities and the strengthening of critical infrastructures are also planned.
Ukraine war prompts investments in cybersecurity
According to Faeser, the threat in cyberspace is growing every day.
“The turning point that we are experiencing with the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine requires a strategic realignment and significant investments in our cyber security,”
“We will propose an amendment to the Basic Law in order to expand the Federal Office for Information Security into a central office in the federal-state relationship – modeled on the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. We will create new security powers for security agencies,”
so Faeser further.
The position of the BSI should be anchored in the Basic Law
The aim of the agenda is to create a clear and efficient distribution of tasks in the cyber security architecture. For this reason, the central office function of the BSI must be anchored in the Basic Law. A core topic of the cyber security agenda is also the fight against cybercrime and criminal content on the Internet. The protection of children and young people from sexualised violence should be given the highest priority here. In addition to criminal prosecution, prevention and victim support should also play a central role. In order to protect small and medium-sized companies from cyber attacks, the BSI also wants to create a platform for information on services and self-protection.