Criminal offenses on the Internet have long been a sad part of everyday life. Companies and authorities are particularly susceptible to being attacked. For five years, the Bavarian LSI has been fighting against an almost immeasurable flood of data.
Munich (dpa/lby) - To protect against cyber attacks, the Bavarian State Office for Information Security (LSI) analyzes around two billion data sets every day. "Attacks on IT systems and networks are constantly increasing and are becoming more and more professional, mature and tricky," said Bavaria's Minister of Finance and Homeland Albert Füracker (CSU) on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the state office of the German Press Agency in Munich.
With its own warning and information service, the office has long been alerting municipalities and citizens to weak points and new threats. The danger reports had increased massively from 278 (2018) to 2954.
The LSI started on December 1, 2017 with 17 people, meanwhile around 120 experts are working at the main location in Nuremberg and the branch offices in Würzburg and Bad Neustadt an der Saale. To protect state IT systems, an average of around 5,500 e-mails with malicious codes and around 50 million Internet calls are blocked every day.
Five years ago, Bavaria was the first federal state to set up its own state office, which is responsible for more security in information technology. A "pioneering decision" for Füracker, since then the topic of cyber security has become massively more important. "In the event of threats to IT security, we have to be able to react quickly and reliably - our LSI is a guarantee for the security and stability of state systems."
According to Füracker, the LSI has developed remarkably since it was founded: In the meantime, it not only protects the Bavarian authorities' network, but also supports municipalities and public companies with tailor-made consulting services. In 2022 alone, there have been 1,325 individual consultations so far.
To honor the LSI, Füracker invites you to a ceremony on Friday with an exchange of experts on the subject of IT security at the Ministry of Finance in Nuremberg.