You don't hear too much about the German government and its IT systems.
But, looking to be more effective in protecting the country's systems from viruses and other attacks, the country's Interior Ministry has unveiled a national IT security plan that includes the establishment of a computer emergency response centre.
Interior Minister Otto Schily admitted Germany is struggling to come to grips with increasing attacks on IT systems in both the public and
private sectors, and must deal with threats of a new quality and quantity.
So, the government's "National Plan to Protect IT Infrastructures" has three major goals: preventing attacks; enabling swift responses to ones that do occur; and encouraging the widespread adoption of common security practices.
The Federal Office for Security in Information Technology will play a key role in the effort by developing and implementing new security standards within the public sector and publishing guidelines for corporate users.
Schily called Germany's plan the first of its kind in the European Union and said he hopes that other members will be encouraged to follow the country's lead with similar initiatives. Could this make the British Government raise its eyebrows, having already come up with its IT Safe threat warning service?