BSI President Schönbohm at the IT Executive Club:  
“The situation is serious.”


The President of the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI) Arne Schönbohm talked to 60 CIOs, CTOs and IT strategists about the current threat level of Internet crime in Hamburg and Germany at the ITEC club evening on 20 August. He issued a call to the Senate to cooperate on cyber security for Hamburg’s infrastructures and, in a lively discussion with representatives of businesses, public agencies and state offices, brought home the need to treat information security as a top priority.

Following the summit, held at the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein sailing club on the Alster, the Federal cyber defense officer remarked: “It was a very open exchange and, rightly so, the matter was discussed and probed very critically. I believe that’s precisely the way to improve innovations and reach a common understanding. Thank you for an outstanding evening at the IT Executive Club in Hamburg.”

After the discussion our partner HANSEVALLEY had the opportunity to question BSI President Schönbohm about such matters as a partnership with the Hamburg Senate. Schönbohm told HANSEVALLEY: “I believe it is good to have something like that in North Germany, and we are also registering interest on the part of the state government.” But he also warned of inertia: “I believe it is really important, including here in Hamburg, not to sit back complacently and say: ‘Let’s not rush into any decisions’.”

To read the full interview with Arne Schönbohm, click here .


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