New industry standard for hacking in Germany

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Germany has presented the food industry with a new industry standard, so not only will the dairies and other food companies in Germany have the opportunity to meet new legal requirements for IT security in critical infrastructures, but they will also be better equipped to tackle hacker attacks by implementing the industry standard, which is called B3S.

“With the industry-specific IT security standard, food companies have a practical and tailored tool to protect their state-of-the-art IT infrastructure. In the face of increasing hacker activity, it will be increasingly important in the future to minimise the risk of production losses due to cyber attacks in order to ensure the supply of people in Germany in the usual quality and variety,” said Christoph Minhoff, chief executive of the Federal Association of the German Food Industry (BVE).

“Cybersecurity is also an indispensable prerequisite for the food industry to succeed in digitisation, and possible outages of production facilities can have a direct impact on the population, so it is necessary to have an appropriate cyber security level. The present B3S shows that the food industry has accepted this challenge and has already implemented it in many places,” said BSI president Arne Schönbohm.

Due to the increased risk of cyberattacks, the legislator prescribes special protective measures for certain industries, including the food industry in Germany. These critical infrastructures failing would bring critical supply bottlenecks.

Legislators allow affected industries to apply their own standards. These can be declared suitable by the BSI.

On the initiative of BVE, an industry standard guideline was therefore developed with the relevant companies in the industry and in co-ordination with the BSI.

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