The number of ransomware attacks on government agencies and public institutions continues to rise. At the same time, the security situation in municipalities remains critical. This is because innovations in cyber security or a sophisticated security system are lacking in almost every public institution.
The changes do not stop at the public sector. Digitization is causing problems for public institutions, as the expertise for these developments is often not available in-house. One important area is IT security and the adherence to certain compliance guidelines. Our security consultant Caroline Mösler (M.Sc, OSCP) already has several years of experience in project implementation with public authorities in the area of BSI IT-Grundschutz, penetration tests and code reviews.
The lack of IT security in the public sector is due to a lack of financial resources. And it is also due to a lack of technical expertise. It is virtually impossible for such institutions to implement the infrastructure in accordance with the specifications of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
The critical infrastructure of government organizations, as well as its interfaces with other ecosystems, requires close monitoring and the highest security standards.
Digital transformation in administration offers enormous potential for the state and society. However, this potential also offers risks that need to be evaluated.
With apps, municipalities can offer their citizens a quick and direct overview of administrative processes and happenings in the city.