The SPD MP Jörg Stroedter complains, “It is unacceptable that the dispute has been going on for so long and the parliamentarians only find out about it from the newspaper”. Stroedter heads the “Investment Management and Controlling” subcommittee, which deals with companies in the State of Berlin. “We are a control committee”, emphasized Stroedter, “we have to be informed”.
The Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday that, despite the high risk of hacker attacks, the BVG has been refusing to recognize the Federal Office’s statutory right to all information about the status of IT security in local public transport since 2018.
The companies must regularly prove to the Federal Office that they are equipping their IT systems against disruptions.
The BVG claims, however, that it only has 30 million passengers “as natural persons” per year. On the BVG website, however, there are more than a billion passengers. In 2018 and 2019, the BVG only hesitantly – and without recognizing a legal obligation – submitted material on four traffic control and monitoring systems to the Federal Office.
The information is not enough
The trial could take a year, the court says.
The dispute also worries the Federal Ministry of the Interior. It is responsible for the BSI. “Due to the BVG’s pension, we regret the company’s position,” said a spokesman.
The criticism from the CDU and SPD is also directed specifically against economics senator Pop. As the chairwoman of the supervisory board, she is legally responsible for the BVG. Pop does not even begin to meet its control responsibility, said Dregger. He called on Pop to “promptly arrange for the BVG to place itself under the supervision of the competent BSI and to submit all reports requested from there”.
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The CDU politician warned that it was “about the safety of passengers and not about vanity”. Cyber attacks on the BVG control systems “can not only lead to long-term train cancellations, but also to life-threatening rail accidents”.
The action of the Senate was “maximally unhappy”, said the chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, Sebastian Czaja. Pop is responsible for “urging the BVG and all companies in the critical infrastructure to arm themselves as best as possible against cyberattacks” and to use the competence of the BSI. MPs from the Greens, Left Party and AfD, whom the Tagesspiegel had asked for an opinion, did not answer.
Pop: “We expect the BVG to secure and protect its critical infrastructure in accordance with the standards.”
BVG spokeswoman Petra Nelken reacted tightly to the allegations from the SPD, CDU and FDP. “Let me emphasize once again that the BVG naturally looks after, monitors and protects all of its critical infrastructures in a highly professional manner”, emailed Nelken. That was it on the subject. Until the decision of the court, no further comments would be made, wrote Nelken.
SPD man Stroedter will follow up on BVG and Pop. He will write to both of them to get a “clarification”, said Stroedter.
Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop said on Wednesday, “Of course, the BVG is also required to report to the MPs, especially the subcommittee that does not meet in public”. A quick clarification of the BVG with the BSI is necessary in order to remove ambiguities from the past. “We expect the BVG to secure and protect its critical infrastructure in accordance with the standards.”
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