Cybersecurity is a challenge shared by all Member States. An efficient and timely cooperation between public and private stakeholders about risks, vulnerabilities and threats – especially for critical infrastructures – is crucial for providing high levels of cybersecurity in Europe.
In times when the occurrence, power, velocity and complexity of attacks are on the rise, the targets of cyber-attacks need to be able to respond early enough to prevent or at least to mitigate attacks on their networks and information systems, as well as for proper recovery and comprehensive follow-up. Because cyber-attackers do not respect national borders, an EU-wide solution is required.
What is Cybersecurity about?
The Cybersecurity DSI promotes the establishment and deployment of a voluntary core cooperation platform of cooperation mechanisms. Actions will also allow willing Member States to develop the capacity of their national and/or governmental CERTs/ CSIRTs in a way that is interoperable with the cooperation platform. The CERT-EU, the emergency response team for the EU institutions will also be supported.
This will enhance the EU-wide capability for preparedness, cooperation and information exchange, coordination and response to cyber threats. Such mechanisms will be used by Member States on a voluntary basis, in order to strengthen their own capacity building and EU cooperation.
Therefore, this DSI will allow for more timely and effective collaboration at a European level. The Member States will thus gain a deeper and quicker awareness of ongoing cyber-attacks with an efficient use of available resources, aiming at reducing the potential economic and political damage caused by cyber-attacks.
What is the Policy Context?
The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is the first piece of European legislation on cybersecurity. Its provisions aim to make the online environment more trustworthy and, thus, to support the smooth functioning of the EU Digital Single Market. On 7th December 2015, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the Commission’s proposed measures to increase online security in the EU.
What's in it for me?
Are you a citizen or a consumer?
You will be able to confidently benefit of all opportunities offered by the Digital Single Market.
Are you a public authority or a private company?
You will be able to rely on digital networks and infrastructure to provide your services at home and across borders. The EU economy will reap the benefits of more reliable services and a culture of systematic risk management and incident reporting – creating more equal and stable conditions for anyone trying to compete in the Digital Single Market.
Are you a governmental CERT/ CSIRTS?
You can benefit from direct support through grants to develop capabilities and intensify European cooperation in cybersecurity and from a gradual extension of functionalities and membership.
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