Albuquerque, New Mexico (PressExposure) March 17, 2011 -- The multitude of benefits offered by Internet technology has revolutionized the personal and professional activities of people worldwide. Internet enables users to keep themselves updated on latest happenings, allows instant communication, facilitates research and aids in fulfilling their professional obligations. Internet has made it easier for business organizations to manage their global activities with minimum effort. Internet has aided in the digitization of records and has made e-governance a reality. However, cyberspace is also being leveraged for unscrupulous activities such as initiating malicious attacks, installing malware, disrupting operations, stealing information, spying and information warfare.
The organized and sophisticated threats emanating from the Internet not only pose compromise information security of individuals and businesses, but also pose challenges to national security. Government websites, computer systems and networks constantly face intrusion attempt from political activists, protesters loyal to foreign countries, cybercriminals and rival intelligence agencies. The Stuxnet worm has showcased the threat to industrial installations and critical infrastructural facilities.
Recently, Germany's interior ministry released a new cyber security strategy, which includes plans to establish National Cyber Response Centre (NCRC) and a National Cyber Security Council (NCSC). The former would focus on improving coordination between different stakeholders to ensure appropriate response for IT incidents. NCRC would involve participation from the crime police, police department, customs criminology, federal intelligence services, defense force and representatives of critical infrastructural installations. The response centre would evaluate the security preparedness and submit recommendations to NCSC.
The objective of creating NCSC is to improve cooperation between government agencies, private organizations and the public at large. The council would focus on coordinating the interdisciplinary cyber security strategies and preventive tools used by the public and private sector. The council would include representation from federal states, foreign office and ministries of interior, defense, economics and technology, justice, finance, education and research.
Apart from the establishment of NCSR and NCSC, the cyber security strategy also focuses on safeguarding critical information infrastructure through introduction of new technologies and examining the requirement for harmonizing rules related to protection of critical infrastructure at the times of crisis.
Cyber security awareness is critical to control the rising instances of crime. The strategy also focuses on improving cyber security awareness among the general public and support small and medium enterprises in enhancing IT security. Video tutorials, online IT courses and advertisements could be used to provide cyber security education.
The strategy also intends to develop state authorities as role models in ensuring data security by investing in secure IT infrastructure. Germany also intends to improve cooperation among public sector, business organizations and counter crime agencies to combat IT security threats. The country would also emphasize on harmonization of laws against cybercrime at the global level. The cyber security strategy also includes investment in robust IT systems and training of personnel. Webinars, online IT degree and e-learning programs could help security professionals to update themselves on latest technologies and best practices.
Growing challenges in the IT space has resulted in increased demand for professionals qualified in courses and certifications such as IT degree programs, penetration testing, computer forensics, system administration, network administration, incident handling, disaster recovery and business continuity and security audit. The strategy provides for hiring security professionals to meet future challenges in the sphere of IT security.