UK already unveiled a GBP650m ($1bn) programme last month for cyber security
The Government of Germany is planning to create a National Cyber-Defense Center in 2011 to fight off espionage attacks in the country.
A spokesman from the Interior Ministry was quoted by the Reuters as saying that the new centre will work by bundling existing know-how in the area of cyber defense.
The growing usage of computer systems to control essential services, from power grids to banking, has made them vulnerable to computerised attacks, which are seen as becoming as important a part of nations’ arsenals as conventional or nuclear weaponry.
Considering cyber security a key priority despite broad cuts to government spending, including on defense, the UK unveiled a GBP650m ($1bn) programme last month.
A national counterterrorism authority may have created the computer worm Stuxnet intending to disrupt Iran’s nuclear programme by sabotaging the industrial control system at its atomic energy plant in Bushehr, according to several Western security experts.