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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 36% during 2011. 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’s Digital Agenda sees internet trust and security as vital to a vibrant digital society, and is carrying out 14 actions to improve cybersecurity readiness. These range from setting up a new cybercrime platform to awareness campaigns for the online safety of children.

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 Strategy on Cybersecurity 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.

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 Lab to Market projects.

Last updated on 28/10/2015 - 15:46


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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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