Arne Schönbohm

Arne Schönbohm, President of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), introduced his keynote address at the 6th Potsdam Conference on National Cyber Security by pointing out that we are not yet living in a "fully digitized world," but the challenges are already here—to be actively sensed and addressed. In his eyes, a major danger comes from the poor quality of products that are connected to the network today. For this reason, he said, the BSI is currently working on a so-called "security label" to create more transparency for consumers.

This fits  with the fact that, according to the coalition agreement, the BSI will also be responsible for consumer protection in the future and will act as a "standardization and certification body." In addition, Schönbohm's agency is to be expanded into an "advisory body for companies" - including SMEs - and its "role as an independent and neutral advisory body" is to be strengthened.