Germany’s Cybersecurity Architecture

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Disclaimer: The following text and the embedded visualization are based on the 7th edition from October 2021. An 8th edition from April 2022 as well as an updated interactive visualization are accessible in German only here. An English translation and updated English visualization will follow again in autumn 2022 with the 9th edition. 


Cybersecurity has become a core component of German interior, foreign, security, and defense policy with many national and international linkages. Given this context, we would like to contribute to a structured political approach in this policy field as part of our work on cybersecurity policy at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

To this end, this publication provides a visualization of Germany’s cybersecurity architecture including its national and international connections. It also contains a list of abbreviations and actors as well as explanations of the relationships between individual actors. On this website, the visualization can also be accessed in an interactive format. It was developed by Anna Semenova and Pegah Maham (SNV’s Data Science Unit).

A country’s cybersecurity architecture is understood to encompass all actors – government agencies, platforms, organizations etc. – that are part of the ecosystem according to the national definition of cybersecurity (policy). In this publication, we only list the governmental part of the cybersecurity architecture, that means all governmental and directly related actors.