Action 29: Combat cyber-attacks against information systems

What is the problem? Growing number of cyber-attacks on information systems

Attacks against information systems are a growing threat, and there is an increasing concern about the potential for terrorist or politically motivated attacks against information systems which form part of the critical infrastructures of Member States and the Union.

Why is EU action required? Strengthen security of citizens and businesses

This action requires Member States to amend their criminal laws regarding attacks against information systems. The main aim is to provide EU law enforcement authorities with enhanced tools to fight cybercrime. It will include provisions for use of specific software ('Botnets') as a method of committing cybercrimes making it a criminal offence and also increasing the maximum penalty for offenders. The initiative will strengthen security of citizens and businesses and is expected to have a positive economic impact, as the current costs to business of countering cyber-attacks and repairing post-attack damage are very considerable and rising continually.

What will the Commission do?

In 2013:

Expects final adoption of the Directive since negociations on the compromise text have now been concluded. The Directive's adoption is awaiting agreement from the European Parliament.