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Germany launches computer emergency response centre

by Nikola Strahija on August 21st, 2005 The German government is going to create a computer emergency response centre to deal with the increasing threat of computer viruses.

The centre will be just a part of the national IT security plan that was recently presented in Berlin by interior minister Otto Schily.

The number of new viruses and worms in the second half of 2004 more than quadrupled from the same period the year before to 7,300 worldwide, according to Schily. The damage from phishing attacks, which aim to steal passwords or credit card numbers, is estimated at around 2.5 billion euros globally, he said.

The German government's "National Plan to Protect IT Infrastructures" is the first in Europe and comprises three main areas: early prevention, swift response and security standards. The Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) will play a key role. It will be responsible for developing and implementing new security standards in the public sector, and publishing guidelines for the private sector.

More than two thirds of Germany's critical infrastructure is owned and operated by companies in the private sector, but their security commitment is worrying, according to the minister. Some wait until they have an acute problem before taking steps to improve their IT security, he said.

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