The subject of cybersecurity has gained in importance within Germany and the European Union. There is a growing need to protect the digital market, and players’ IT systems therein, against cybersecurity threats. In the last two years, 68% of enterprises have registered cybersecurity attacks against them. According to the President of the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Informationstechnologie or BSI), the number of malware programs that we currently know of in Germany (roughly 800 million) grows each day by 390,000. Consequently, European and German legislators have taken measures in order to strengthen cybersecurity, thereby imposing a multitude of new obligations on EU Member States and enterprises. This briefing aims to provide an overview of the most relevant cybersecurity legislation and the requirements affected parties must meet.

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The World Bank has published a systematic study of exclusion systems. The study presents different suspension and debarment systems.

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The 3rd edition of the legal publishing house Nomos’ commentary on public procurement law has just been published. Two BLOMSTEIN lawyers have participated in the project: Roland Stein and Pascal Friton have contributed as authors with regard to the most relevant provisions dealing with the awards of concessions. The comprehensive publication provides a commentary of all relevant rules in German public procurement law and includes all significant and fundamental changes of the past few years.

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Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. In the wake of cyberattacks on the German parliament, the foreign office and on prominent public figures, there is now greater awareness of the need for the state and companies to protect the integrity of their existing IT systems. The following article explains how a public contracting entity can achieve a higher standard of cybersecurity through its procurement procedures. Another related article provides an overview of some of the particularities that arise in the procurement of cybersecurity goods and services.

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Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. In the wake of cyberattacks on the German parliament, the foreign office, and on prominent public figures, there is now greater awareness of the need for the State and companies to protect the integrity of their existing IT systems. The following article will provide an overview of some of the particularities that arise in the procurement of cybersecurity goods and services. Another article explains how a public contracting entity can achieve a higher standard of cybersecurity in its procurement procedures.

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On 18 March 2019, the Annual Symposium on Exclusion and Debarment co-hosted by George Washington University Law School and the Dickson Poon School of Law will take place at King’s College London.

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DVNW forum

07.02.2019

On 12 April 2019, the first DVNWforum of the German Public Procurement Network (DVNW) will take place in Berlin with a focus on “Public Procurement inof Health and Social Services”.

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement 2019 (ICLG 2019) has been published. Pascal Friton and Rita Zuppke contributed the chapter on public procurement law in Germany.

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The German business journal WirtschaftsWoche (WiWo) has ranked BLOMSTEIN among the leading law firms for public procurement law in Germany.

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A consortium consisting of Kapsch TrafficCom AG and CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA is to be commissioned to collect the German car toll. A team of BLOMSTEIN lawyers has advised the consortium on all aspects of public procurement law.

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