What is the problem? Networks are not secure

The internet has become a critical information infrastructure, encompassing IT systems and networks across the globe. It must be resilient and secure against all sorts of threats.

Why is EU action required? EU helps Member States to cooperate

Strong cooperation between EU governments, public bodies and private companies is necessary to improve information exchange and to ensure that security problems are addressed quickly and effectively.

The European Network Information and Security Agency (ENISA) serves as a focal point for this exchange and cooperation. An enhanced ENISA is expected to have a significant positive economic impact, as the current costs associated with network and information security breaches are considerable and are still growing.

To react to threats in real-time conditions, a well-functioning and wider network of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) should also be established in Europe, including for European institutions (see Action 38 for more information on CERTs).

What is the Commission doing?

In 2012:

In 2013

  • Present a proposal, together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, for a 'Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union'
  • Present a legislative proposal on enhanced network and information security across the Union
  • · Continue working to secure ENISA's future.
  • · Ensure that CERTs become operational.



[1] http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/actions/infosec-consultation/index_en.htm