According to Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the country faces a grave and growing threat as society becomes more digitally connected and criminals more sophisticated. The BSI said threat levels have reached red alarm levels.
Threat level increased
BSI published their annual report “The State of IT Security in Germany in 2021.” It highlights that the biggest risks come from malware and ransomware attacks. In fact, the agency detected 144 million new malware variants between June 2020 to the end of May 2021 — up 22% for the year. In February 2021, BSI detected 553,000 malware variants in a single day — a new record. The report notes that it had subsequently raised the general threat level posed by malicious computer attacks from “tense” in 2020 to “tense-to-critical.”
The reason for this increased alert level is the increasing professionalism of cybercriminals combined with the networked composition of society.