Energy specialists worry about IT security in the German energy market. “About 75 percent of energy experts see the potential of a hacker attack, software failure or computer viruses” it states in a report by the Centre for European Economic Research. Read the report here, available in German only. The individuals questioned shared their views on how the national and international energy market will develop within the next months to years.
While only 20 percent of the interviewees saw a high risk of a software failure, the majority fear a potential cyber attack. Almost half of the interviewees (47 percent) think that there’s a great risk of being targeted by hackers, while 24 percent see only a small risk of getting hacked.
The interviewees were cautious in their comments about how resistent the controlling systems of German energy suppliers are. More than half of them rated the security as sufficient. Round about 40 percent assessed the resistance of the system as good or very good. They all believe the government should do more about IT security within the energy sector: 70 percent of the experts want the government to invest more money into IT security.