Action 32: Strengthen the fight against cybercrime and cyber-attacks at international level

What is the problem? The challenges ahead are neither specific to the European Union (EU), nor can they be overcome by the EU on its own. The pervasiveness of ICT and of the Internet allows more efficient, effective and economic communication, coordination and cooperation among stakeholders and results in a vibrant ecosystem of innovation in all fields of life. However, threats can now originate from anywhere in the world and, due to global interconnectedness, impact any part of the world.

Why is EU action required? To fight effectively against these threats and to address global interdependencies, we need stronger cooperation among Member States and the private sector at national, European and international level.

What are the Commission's plans?

2 main strands of action:

  • Within the EU: creation of a European Forum for Member States to stimulate discussion between national public authorities, especially about better integration of national risk management policies and of a European Public-Private Partnership for Resilience to engage the private sector in increasing the level of security of our digital environment.
  • International cooperation: consolidate EU-US relations, and explore cooperation with other strategic partners, around the Commission plan to improve the resilience and stability of Internet & discuss how to leverage public private partnerships to guarantee the security and resilience of global communication and information networks.

What has the Commission done so far?

In 2010:

continued policy dialogue and exchange of information practices with the US, and participated in Cyberstorm III exercise as an observer.

In 2011:

  • promoted the development of globally-agreed principles for the stability and resilience of the Internet by establishing strategic international partnerships with key third countries, as well as by promoting the discussion in international fora.
  • a joint EU-US table-top cyber exercise (Cyber Atlantic 2011) took place.

In 2012:

The 1st European Cyber Security Month, initiated by the Commission and supported by ENISA, was organised by eight European countries.

What will the Commission do now?

In 2013:

  • The European Cyber Security Month initiative will be enlarged to include more Member States and the private sector with the aim of a synchronised EU-US cyber security month in 2014.
  • The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will cooperate with international partners such as non-EU Member States with whom Europol has signed a cooperation agreement as well as with the Interpol's Global Complex for Innovation which is about to be set up in in Singapore.


The European Commission, ENISA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security organised an event on involving intermediaries in cyber-security awareness raising.