On 6 May 2015, the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, which provides for establishing a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on cybersecurity in the area of technologies and solutions for online network security in the course of 2016.
The Commission is now consulting stakeholders on the areas of work of the future cybersecurity contractual public-private partnership. The Commission is also calling for contributions on potential additional policy measures that could stimulate the European cybersecurity industry.
With respect to cybersecurity standardisation, this consultation complements the overall public consultation on the development of the Priority ICT Standards Plan: "Standards in the Digital Single Market: setting priorities and ensuring delivery", in which cybersecurity is one of the areas covered.
The Commission will use the feedback from the consultation to establish the PPP in the course of 2016.
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Current EU policies, such as the Cybersecurity Strategy for the European Union and the Commission's proposal for a Directive on Network and Information Security, aim to ensure that network and information systems, including critical infrastructures, are properly protected and secure.
A lot of work has already been done with industrial stakeholders within the NIS Platform. In particular the NIS Platform Working Group 3 has finalised a Strategic Research Agenda for cybersecurity which serves as the basis for the questions on prioritising research and innovation topics in this consultation.
The establishment of a Public-Private Partnership addressing digital security would be a further step towards cybersecurity industrial policy. The Commission is now considering what additional industrial measures may be needed to complement the PPP.
The PPP will be a contractual arrangement between the Commission and an industrial grouping, both of which are committed to supporting, in the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, research and innovation activities of strategic importance to the Union’s competitiveness in the field of cybersecurity.
A PPP bringing together industrial and public resources would focus on innovation following a jointly-agreed strategic research and innovation roadmap. It would make the best possible use of available funds through better coordination with member states and a narrower focus on a small number of technical priorities. It should leverage funding from Horizon 2020 to deliver both technological innovation and societal benefits for users of technologies (citizens, SMEs, critical infrastructure), as well as provide visibility to European R&I excellence in cyber security and digital privacy. Furthermore cybersecurity is explicitly identified in the DSM strategy as a priority area in which there is a need to define missing technological standards.
Opens on 18 December 2015 – closes on 11 March 2016 (12 weeks).
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