Cyber Security Summit: Interior Minister Friedrich on Developing a Security Culture
Enlarge image Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (© picture alliance)
Leading representatives from government, business and security fields gathered Wednesday in Bonn to discuss how to address and prevent increasing Internet-based threats at the Cyber Security Summit 2012, a forum organized by the Munich Security Conference and Deutsche Telekom.
Ahead of the summit, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich called on the international community to work together to deal with cyber attacks. “In addition to greater awareness of cyber security, we must – nationally and internationally – develop a security culture which will enable us all to profit from this progress,” Minister Friedrich wrote in an article for The Security Times, a special-edition newspaper published to coincide with the summit. “We must take suitable precautions to make sure that all segments of society can use cyberspace and to keep the risks inherent in such global interconnectedness to an acceptable minimum.”
Enlarge image Germany's National Cyber Response Center (© picture alliance / dpa) The Federal Government has set the goal of achieving effective cyber security cooperation at the European level and beyond, Friedrich writes. “At international level, we are working to draw up a code of conduct on security and confidence-building measures in cyberspace.”
In Germany, cyber security is firmly anchored in the overall system of national security. The Federal Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, adopted in February 2011, pursues a comprehensive approach and “places a priority on prevention and response, which includes measures to protect the federal information systems and critical infrastructure as well as counter-intelligence and law enforcement measures to fight criminal cyber attacks.”
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