Until the end of 2020
The Network and Information Systems Directive, i.e. the main European cybersecurity legislation, will be revised by the end of 2020 by the European Union. This was announced by the European Commission, presenting the new strategy of the EU. for the “Security Union” for the period 2020-2025.
The Commission emphasizes that cyberattacks have become more frequent and complex. With this in mind, it is committed by the end of the year to set strategic priorities in the field of cybersecurity, in order to ensure that the EU can anticipate and deal with evolving threats.
The Commission has already highlighted the need to establish a Joint Cyberspace Unit as a platform for structured and coordinated cooperation. “The EU It should continue to develop and maintain strong international partnerships to further prevent, deter and counter cyber-attacks, as well as to promote EU standards for increasing the cyber security of partner countries”, emphasizes the Commission.
The Commission’s strategy for the “Security Union” focuses on priority areas, in which the EU It can add value to Member States’ support for enhancing security for all those living in Europe. From the fight against terrorism and the prevention of hybrid threats to the promotion of cybersecurity and the promotion of research and innovation, the strategy sets out the tools and measures to be developed over the next 5 years.
Dealing with threats
“Criminals are increasingly exploiting technological advances for their own purposes, with malware and data theft on the rise. The Commission will ensure that the current EU rules to combat cybercrime to be appropriate for the purpose for which they are intended and properly implemented, and will consider measures to combat identity theft, “the Commission said.
It also notes that it will consider measures to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement authorities in digital investigations, ensuring that they have the appropriate tools, techniques and skills. These include artificial intelligence, mass data and high-performance computing in security policy.
According to the Commission in the text of its strategy, research and innovation are powerful tools for tackling threats and anticipating risks and opportunities. As part of its review of the Europol mandate, the Commission will consider setting up a European Innovation Center for Internal Security.
“Skills and awareness raising can benefit law enforcement and citizens alike. “Even basic knowledge of security threats and how to deal with them can have a real impact on society’s resilience.”
He added that “awareness of the dangers of cybercrime and basic skills to protect against it, can work in conjunction with protection from service providers to combat cyber-attacks.”
We remind that the European Skills Agenda, adopted on 1 July 2020, supports the development of lifelong skills, including in the field of security.