Attacks from cyberspace pose a direct risk to our security and the functioning of state, business, science and society.
It is thus one of the utmost priorities for Austria to work on protecting cyberspace at national as well as international level.
GovCERT – the CERT of the public administration Response Team – as a central, operational body for cyber security supports the public administration as well as critical infrastructures with operational and technical expertise and the provision of a national and international network to exchange experiences and information. In addition, GovCERT is as a strategic, national point-of-contact (POC) for international CERT partnerships. The GovCERT also promotes the development of industry-specific CERTs. Please find more information about the tasks, structure and the range of services here.
CERT.at – the national CERT
The Austrian national CERT was put into operation in 2008 in cooperation with the Federal Chancellery and nic.at, the Austrian domain register.
The most important task of the national CERT is the recognition as first point of contact for all concerns of IT security related to Austria. CERT.at does not guarantee the solution to a specific problem, as there are no rights of intervention or other entitlements against operators. However, it does ensure a suitable form of disclosing important information.
Security warnings can be subscribed to on cert.at. Moreover, reports and requests are accepted by mail via email@example.com or from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm by telephone on +43 505 64 16 78. The customer group "public administration and critical infrastructure" can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austrian Strategy for Cyber Security
The "Austrian Strategy for Cyber Security (ÖSCS)" forms the basis for national collaboration in the respective matter. The majority of the population use the Internet on a regular basis. Moreover, the economy is heavily dependent on a well-functioning digital infrastructure. The Internet is an indispensable foundation for the public administration to make their services accessible. Cyber security means security of the infrastructure of cyber space, of the data exchange in cyber space and primarily of the people who use cyber space. Read more on Cyber Security.
National ICT Security Strategy
In collaboration of 130 representatives of Austrian stakeholders, a concept for the protection of the "Austrian cyberspace" and the people in virtual space was developed. Most likely, the key foundation for the development of the Austrian Strategy for Cyber Security (ÖSCS) was the "National ICT Security Strategy of Austria". Matters addressed as part of the ICT security strategy reach from education, research, awareness, legislation, technical and organisational concerns of Austrian companies to the protection of strategic infrastructures in Austria. Please read more under the Austrian Security Policy.
Attacks against computers, smartphones and other devices are becoming increasingly more complex and professional. For this reason, the ICT security portal www.onlinesicherheit.gv.at went online.
Cybercrime already ranks as one of the five fields of crime with the largest impact on society's perception of security. In order to counter this trend, greater safety awareness, digital training of the target groups as well as technical and organisational measures are necessary.
The ICT security portal as a central Internet portal was created in February 2013 in close collaboration between administration and economy with a total of 40 cooperation partners. The portal deals with topics related to security in the digital world and is unique in this form. The extensive range of services includes, inter alia, information on security standards, security manuals and legal regulations, as well as contact details of hotlines and registration offices in case of emergencies – in guaranteed independent and in-depth manner.
- Reports from GovCert und Cert.at (in German)
- ENISA - Inventory of CERT activities in Europe
- Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)
- Trusted Introducer
Digitalisation and e-Government: email@example.com