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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
• OSCE – before under its maiden name Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) – was created in 1972. Since OSCE currently comprises 57 participating States, it is the most important organization dealing with all areas of security, in particular cyber security, in Europe.
• Each OSCE decision is based on the consensus rule which means that no OSCE State can disregard a decision once it has been taken. The decisions, however, are not legally binding, but is more the “peer pressure” of the collective character which is required that the participating States respect and implement an OSCE decision.
• In regard with cyber security, OSCE is working on a mechanism to bring together States for consultations over potential cyber/information communication cechnology (ICT) security incidents to de-escalate rising tensions; OSCE also supports to create a platform for exchanging views, national cyber/ICT security policies and approaches to allow the participating States to better “read” each other’s intentions in cyberspace; OSCE focuses on concrete work items, for instance, to protect ICT-enabled critical infrastructure, allowing participating States to collectively enhance cyber resilience in the OSCE region for the benefit of all. Another task of OSCE is to promote adequate and timely responses by national authorities to evolve cyber security threats.
Alliance for Cyber Security (Allianz für Cybersicherheit)
The Alliance for Cyber Security is a joint initiative of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) founded in co-operation with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM). As an association of all major players in the field of cyber security in Germany, the mission of the Alliance is to increase cyber security in Germany and strengthen Germany’s resistance to cyber-attacks. To do so, the Alliance for Cyber Security is building up a comprehensive knowledge base and supporting exchange of information and experience. In this respect, the Alliance offers in particular monitoring reports of the current security situation, gives information about appropriate IT measures, recommendations, analyses, research projects and studies, but also organizes regional conferences and workshops.
Initiative "IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft"
As part of the "cyber security strategy for Germany" , the Federal Government set up a "task force IT security in the economy" in March 2011. The initiative should bundle the most variety of initiatives for IT security and should promote and broaden the exchange of communication and information among them. Its steering committee currently consists of the following German institutions:
• Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sicherheit der Wirtschaft e. V. (ASW)
• German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien)
• Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI)
• Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV)
• Federal Association of German Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI)
• German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft ,BVMW)
• Association of German Chambers of Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK)
• Germany - safety online" initiative (Deutschland sicher im Netz, DsiN)
• Nationale Initiative für Informations- und Internet-Sicherheit e. V. (NIFIS)
• Netzwerk elektronischer Geschäftsverkehr (NEG)
• TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany (TeleTrusT – Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit)
• German Internet Business Federation (Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e. V., eco)
• German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks, ZDH)
For more information of the enormous number of 73 government agencies, public authorities and public institutions dealing with IT security-related matters within the federalist system of Germany, please visit:

Provided By:
Prof. Peter Bräutigam, Noerr LLP, Munich