Ladies and gentlemen,
Digitalisation is forging ahead at a breath-taking pace. More and more, it is defining the operations of government and business as well as people’s daily routine. At the same time, we are having to deal with a new breed of cyber-attacks and IT security breaches. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is working with its partners to counter this threat scenario on a wide range of levels.
In its annual status report, the BSI provides a comprehensive overview of IT security in Germany. So far, we have managed to prevent major and widespread damage. But we must not let up in our efforts to achieve reliable cyber defences; in fact we need to step up these efforts in light of the threat scenario. A prerequisite for this, however, is that we can recruit enough experts and talented newcomers to actively shape cyber security and embed an awareness of it in people's minds.
This is why regular knowledge-sharing about the threat situation, the development of young talent and awareness-raising activities is crucial to allow us to tackle the challenges together at national and international level. This aspiration is a key focus of it-sa in its capacity as the world’s largest IT security fair with the highest number of exhibitors. The event sees itself as a network for industry-specific IT security solutions and a platform for dialogue.
So in this spirit, we hope you have many good conversations and lively discussions
President of the German Federal Office for Information Security