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Cybersecurity and privacy

Cybersecurity, ensuring online privacy and supporting research on trust and security.
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Web-based attacks in the EU and around the world increased by 38% during 2015. Unsurprisingly, security against online accidents and crime has become central to consumer confidence and the online economy.

The European Union is promoting cybersecurity on a number of fronts.

The EU Cybersecurity Strategy, adopted in 2013, sets out ways to strengthen network and information security across the EU. It protects the public and private sectors from intrusion and fraud, by strengthening cross-border cooperation and information exchange.

Since the launch of the Strategy, the European Commission has stepped up its efforts to better protect Europeans online, including the adoption of different legislative proposals, a significant investment in research and innovation and the development of networks. As cybersecurity knows no border, the Commission, together with the External Action Serivce, also fosters cooperation with partners on the global stage.

The Commission has further strengthened its approach in 2015 by including cybersecurity at the heart of its political priorities: trust and security are at the core of the Digital Single Market Strategy while the fight against cybercrime is one of the three pillars of the European Agenda on Security

Guenther Oettinger, member of the European Commission for the Digital Economy & Society is responsible for "Developing measures to make online communications and data more secure".

The European Commission’s priorities for a coherent Network and Information Security (NIS) across the EU include:

  • Ensuring online privacy, which also covers targeting for advertising purposes.
  • Supporting research into cyber security, ranging from cryptology to biometrics research.
  • Developing network and information security at the international level. International standards are a major concern.

European Commission activities on trust and security cover the areas  of Cybersecurity and Online Privacy.

Find out more on additional EU activities:

Cybersecurity and Privacy EU-funded research and innovation projects, that are commercially viable.

Last updated on 11/12/2015 - 12:50


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Joran FRIK
European Commission and Member States organised an event bringing together the private sector to consider how best to benefit from the new Regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS). The "Gatsby" style Metropole Hotel provided a great backdrop for an open discussion about how to work together.
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