An increasing number of tasks are now being performed digitally – digitization is advancing steadily in Germany. In addition to the positive effects, however, the potential threats to companies, public and government institutions, and private individuals have also increased. In addition, current geopolitical developments make it clear that politically motivated cyberattacks can pose an increased level of risk.
The publication “Cybersecurity. Current Situation and Future Challenges” provides an up-to-date overview of cybersecurity issues and shows how security awareness can be sustainably improved in all areas of society. The experts present two central ideas for strengthening cybersecurity in Germany. First, they point out that Germany would need an ambitious cybersecurity strategy that is embedded in a broader digitization strategy. They also suggest that the approaches in the German government's recently published cybersecurity agenda were not sufficiently concrete. Second, they say Germany would need to strengthen its digital sovereignty and continue to systematically build up important core competencies, for example in modern cryptography.
The publication was edited by (Fraunhofer AISEC/TU Munich), who was also the project leader, and professor Claudia Eckert (President, acatech). The project group included former CROSSING spokesperson Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Ploss (TU Darmstadt), and CROSSING PI professor Johannes Buchmann (Fraunhofer SIT/TU Darmstadt). CROSSING PIs professor Michael Waidner (TU Darmstadt) and professor Christian Reuter (Fraunhofer SIT/Goethe University) were involved in the impulse paper as experts. professor Haya Shulman