Cybersecurity in Europe: stronger rules and better protection

The European Union is strengthening its cybersecurity rules in order to tackle the increasing threat posed by cyber-attacks as well as to take advantage of the opportunities of the new digital age. On 9 April 2019, the Council adopted a regulation called the Cybersecurity Act which introduces:

      • a system of EU-wide certification schemes
      • an EU cybersecurity agency to upgrade and take over from the current European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

As part of the same cybersecurity reform, EU institutions are also promoting legislation which will create the Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Centre backed by a network of national coordination centres. These structures will help secure the digital single market and increase the EU’s autonomy in the area of cybersecurity.

Council conclusions: shaping Europe’s digital future
The Council adopted conclusions addressing a wide range of issues related to the implementation of the EU digital strategy. The text highlights the impact of the digital transformation on fighting the pandemic, and its critical role in the post-COVID-19 recovery.

In relation to cybersecurity, as cyber threats and crimes are increasing in number and sophistication, EU ministers aim to improve the EU’s response capabilities and safeguard the integrity, security and resilience of digital infrastructure, communication networks and services. The EU also supports the need for a coordinated approach to mitigate risks related to cybersecurity and to ensure a secure 5G deployment.

The text also highlights the impact of the digital transformation on fighting the pandemic, and its critical role in the post-COVID-19 recovery: Press Release