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How to get started with BSI IT Grundschutz

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Runecast Academy Series 2 – Part 10. How to get started with BSI IT Grundschutz

The BSI IT Grundschutz is a set of recommendations designed by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as an Information Security Management System (ISMS). This standard is a part of the IT baseline protection methodology. The BSI IT Grundschutz contains guidelines of fundamental importance for information security in public authorities and companies for which appropriate, practical, national or international standards have been established. It covers technical, organizational, infrastructural, and personnel aspects in equal measure, and also offers a systematic approach to information security that is compatible with ISO/IEC 27001. 

BSI is the acronym Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik which, in English means Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, and the IT Grundschutz means IT Baseline. As its name implies, BSI Grundschutz is a baseline information security management system that suggests a basic protection that is not mandatory but if you wish to bid for a contract with German federal or corporate organizations, you should have the minimum protection that the BSI IT Grundschutz compliance states. 

As a more general standard, it provides regular publications for all kinds of institutions that want to set up an ISMS (Information Security Management System). Non-compliance with BSI IT Grundschutz means a higher risk to your IT environment and a lower chance of winning contracts with German organizations. 

Challenges to BSI Grundschutz Compliance


As with any security standard, BSI IT Grundschutz rules require a lot of time to be implemented in your environment, causing your IT team to switch from their daily tasks, to the scanning and implementation of the BSI rules.  

Lack of IT Resources

Directing all your attention to the implementation of each security standard is impossible for most companies, and staying on top of the compliance process is challenging due lack of IT resources. 

Different  IT Environments

As most companies operate in complex environments, it is becoming even more challenging to stay on top of security management with every standard that is required or needed. 


Real-time Security Analysis and Reports 

Considering how difficult it is to stay on top of all the security standards compliance and at the same time deal with all other tasks, we designed a simple solution that will ease your job for you: Runecast. Now with Runecast you will be able to run smoothly through all your security compliance journeys. 

Runecast is an enterprise solution designed to bring the best to your organization. It scans your configurations and provides you with fit-gap analysis and  remediation scripts in real time. This is an automated process that will remove all the manual work. You can easily filter and sort issues and compare historical configurations at your convenience. Furthermore, it offers a wide range of tech solutions regarding security hardening guidelines, vendor best practices, vulnerability management, configuration drift management etc.

Also, it proactively assists with Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Kubernetes Security Posture Management (KSPM), and Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC). It provides continuous audits against other common security standards such as CIS Benchmarks, NIST, HIPAA, PCI DSS, DISA STIG, ISO 27001, GDPR, Cyber Essentials (UK), Essential 8 (Australia), and the CISA KEVs catalog. Runecast automates your vulnerability management and security standards compliance audits for AWS, Azure, Kubernetes and VMware, as well as for Windows and Linux OS.


Compliance with BSI IT Grundschutz is relevant to any organization that wants to bid on contracts with German organizations. Also, it is useful to all organizations that want to have a baseline protection for their environment. Maintaining a secure environment is a difficult task in the ever-developing tech world, and staying compliant with all the security standards is becoming more challenging than ever.  After evaluating all the struggles, Runecast has designed a solution to make your job easy for you, so that you concentrate on progress. Runecast gives you an automated approach which will save you time and other resources. With a quick scan of your configurations, it provides analysis and remediation scripts to fix and brings configurations in the desired state security of your environment.  Runecast also comes with a lot of up-to-date solutions such as security hardening guidelines, vendor best practices, vulnerability management, configuration drift management, etc, that will ease the journey to your progress. Lastly, it provides audits against more than 10 security standards for AWS, Azure, Kubernetes and VMware, as well as for Windows and Linux OS.

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