Yesterday, on 17th October, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has published its yearly report - describing the situation in German cybersecurity. Created based on the difficult experiences with cyber attacks during 2019 it paints a bleak picture. The cybersecurity situation is worrying and attacks on German companies, organisations and public are becoming more specialized, targeted and successful. And they are coming not only from groups connected with state actors, but in many cases from organised crime. According to Arne Schönbohm, BSI's president, "without cybersecurity there can be no success in further digitalisation". And at this moment, the most vulnerable group are small and middle-sized companies, which heavily take part in the digitisation process, but don't have the means to protect themselves against growing cyber threats.
Therefore the BSI's prognosis is that hackers will use more and more sophisticated measures (such as artificial intelligence), as it's too tempting to pass on easy money from vulnerable SMBs.
The situation described by BSI is true not only for Germany or European Union countries, but for the whole world, which is struggling with protection against rising cyber threats. In the meantime, Germany is working on a new law, obliging manufacturers to ensure their products, such as smartphones and routers, observe security measures.