Digitalization: Unsafe i-vehicle portals will be blocked

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For Federal Minister Wissing it is the big hit: internet-based vehicle registration, i-Kfz for short. However, it seems that many municipalities currently do not meet the IT security standards for operating a portal - because although it is centralized in terms of data, otherwise vehicle registration is a state matter.

It's not just companies that will have to meet many IT security requirements from 2024. The states and municipalities also have a lot of catching up to do. Internet-based vehicle registration, i-Kfz for short, should actually take off everywhere and thus make annoying waiting times at offices unnecessary. In many places, however, reality has prevented this wish: according to many media reports, 25 to 30 percent of municipal i-vehicle portals do not meet the minimum safety requirements (MSA) of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The KBA therefore prohibits operation and only manual approval is possible.

High standards are intended to ensure IT security

The i-Kfz portals should actually have been working everywhere since September 2023. After operations got off to a stuttering start, many portals are now being shut down again. How Heise When asked by the KBA, he found out: “According to the KBA, the computer systems of many approval bodies do not meet the minimum security standards.” The KBA standards from April 2023 contain points such as:

  • “Company carrying out penetration tests: The applicant commissions a company with appropriate expertise to carry out the prescribed penetration tests. This step is completed with the successful completion of the penetration tests and creation of the report.”
  • “Auditing person: An audit is commissioned by the applicant to confirm compliance with the minimum security requirements.”

Apparently people have learned from the mistakes of the past and the i-Kfz portal only allows them to be checked accordingly. Finally, there are current examples to learn from. Something like that the cyber attack on South Westphalia's IT, which paralyzed almost 100 communities.

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