Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 123: Proposal for Directive on network and information security

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The Commission presented in February 2013 a Directive proposal on enhanced network and information security across the Union.

What is the problem? Growing number of cyber-attacks on information systems

Network and information systems and services play a vital role in in facilitating the cross-border movement of goods, services and people. Substantial disruption of these systems in one Member State can affect other Member States and the EU as a whole. The resilience and stability of network and information systems is therefore essential to the smooth functioning of the internal market.

The extent and frequency of security incidents, caused by human error or malicious attacks is increasing:  the Commission’s public consultation found that 57 % of respondents had experienced NIS incidents over the previous year that had a serious impact on their activities. A 2012 Eurobarometer survey found that 38% of EU internet users are concerned about the safety of online payments.

There is currently no effective mechanism at EU level for effective cooperation and collaboration and for secure information sharing on NIS incidents and risks among the Member States.

Why is EU action required? Strengthen security of citizens and businesses

Network and information systems and services play a vital role in facilitating the cross-border movement of goods, services and people. Substantial disruption of these systems in one Member State can affect other Member States and the EU as a whole. The resilience and stability of network and information systems is therefore essential to the smooth functioning of the internal market.

What will the Commission do next?

In 2014:

  • Work with the European Parliament and Council for a final adoption of the Directive as soon as possible.

Read more on our actions in cybersecurity.

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Status: Completed Gustav Kalbe Contact
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