Warnings to parties about IT security deficiencies

With a view to the federal elections in autumn, several public authorities have drawn the parties’ attention to security deficiencies in their IT systems and the risks of disinformation campaigns.

The National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity Athene, which belongs to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, identified “numerous serious weaknesses” during an examination of the security of the IT systems of German parties, reports “Wirtschaftswoche”.

All parties then received detailed information on the respective weaknesses as well as advice on “where there is urgent and short-term action”, said institute director Michael Waidner the magazine. In May, the parties had also received mail from the head of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Arne Schönbohm. It offered support and advice on protection against hacker attacks, accompanied by general information such as: “Set up an email account as a reference account for each social media account. These e-mail accounts should be protected and only used for this purpose. ».

Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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