Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik – Secure information technology for our society. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is an independent and neutral authority for IT security. It has been established in 1991 as a high level federal public agency within the area of responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior. The BSI employs a staff of around 500 people and has a budget of some 60 million Euro. BSI’s ultimate ambition is the protection of information and communication. In this context, BSI has three strategic targets:

  • Prevention: Protecting information infrastructures adequately
  • Preparedness: Responding effectively to IT security incidents
  • Sustainability: Enhancing German competence in IT security / Setting international standards

Especially in the area of smart card technology, BSI is responsible for the design and definition of secure solution requirements for governmental identification documents. The German ePassport has been introduced in 2005, the second ePassport generation followed 2007, and starting in 2010 the all new German eID card will open a new trustworthy approach to Internet authentication for all German citizens. Security of all these documents is based on BSI specifications, developed in close collaboration with European/international standardization bodies and leading industry partners.

Joachim Weber, Fachbereichsleiter 31 Neue Technologien
und Konformitätsprojekte
Phone: +49 228 99 9582-5127
Fax: +49 228 99 10 9582-5127
Email: Joachim.Weber@bsi.bund.de
Web: http://www.bsi.bund.de
Godesberger Allee 185-189
53175 Bonn

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