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News :: Press pack : Network and information security - 31 May 2006

Network and Information Security : Commission seeks to improve network and information security in Europe

(31/05/2006) Businesses, individuals and public administrations in Europe still underestimate the risks of insufficiently protecting networks and information. Security presently represents only around 5-13% of IT expenditure, which is alarmingly low.

"The nature of the threat is changing and so must our response" - Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding

The Commission is therefore promoting greater awareness, in a policy document adopted on 31 May, through an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue on a new IT Security Strategy for Europe.

A partnership amongst Member States, involving the IT industry and users as well as the European network security agency ENISA should lead to more trustworthy, secure and reliable information and communication technologies. People and organisations must be empowered to look after their own interests and responsibilities.

"The nature of the threat is changing and so must our response," said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. "In the past, hackers were motivated by a desire to show off whereas today, many threats come from criminal activities and are motivated by profit. What we need is a renewed strategy based on dialogue, partnership and empowerment".

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Commission Press Room: IP/06/701

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