Ongoing Bundestag cyber attack is shameful, says security expert


The cyber attack that hit the Bundestag’s Parlakom network more than a month ago is still live and stealing data from German government computers according to recent reports in the German media.

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of cyber security solutions provider IT Governance, says: “A government institution suffering a cyber attack of this nature is embarrassing enough, but having it running live for more than a month is quite frankly shameful.

“An organisation of that size should have the infrastructure and resources in place to defend against such an attack, or at least recover quickly from it.

“We strongly recommend that EU organisations test their network and web applications regularly to identify vulnerabilities and fix them before criminal hackers exploit them.”

While it’s not always possible to test your systems yourself, a penetration testing service can do it for you. Penetration testing involves simulating a malicious attack on an organisation’s information security arrangements, often using a combination of methods and tools. It should be conducted by certified ethical professional testers (such as CREST-qualified staff), and the findings will detail the security measures that your organisation can use to improve its cyber security posture.

As a CREST member company, IT Governance has been verified by an independent body attesting that our work will be carried out to a high standard by qualified and knowledgeable individuals.

IT Governance’s Web Application Penetration Test combines a number of advanced manual tests with automated vulnerability scans to ensure every corner of your web applications are tested.

Their Web Application Penetration Test will:

  • Carefully scope your testing environment
  • Perform a range of manual and automated tests
  • Provide a detailed report that explains the vulnerabilities found and recommends measures to address them
  • Deliver an executive summary that is perfect for your management team.

For more information on IT Governance’s penetration testing services – or to book your test – visit IT Governance’s website, call them on 00 800 48 484 484, or email

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