New EU Cybersecurity Strategy and new rules to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient

On 16 December 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a new EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

The aim of this strategy is to bolster Europe’s collective resilience against cyber threats and ensure that all citizens and businesses can fully benefit from trustworthy and reliable services and digital tools. This includes the ever-increasing number of connected and automated objects in our homes, offices and factories.

What is the strategy about?

The strategy describes how the EU can harness and strengthen all its tools and resources to be technologically sovereign. It also lays out how the EU can step up its cooperation with partners around the world who share our values of democracy, rule of law and human rights. The strategy covers the security of essential services such as hospitals, energy grids, railways and the ever-increasing number of connected objects in our homes, offices and factories.

Main aim of the strategy

The new strategy aims to ensure a global and open Internet with strong safeguards where there are risks to security and the fundamental rights of people in Europe. Following the progress achieved under the previous strategies, it contains concrete proposals for deploying three principal instruments. These three instruments are regulatory, investment and policy initiatives. They will address three areas of EU action:

  1. resilience, technological sovereignty and leadership;
  2. operational capacity to prevent, deter and respond;
  3. cooperation to advance a global and open cyberspace.

Background

Cybersecurity is one of the Commission’s top priorities and a cornerstone of the digital and connected Europe. An increase of cyber-attacks during the coronavirus crisis has shown how important it is to protect hospitals, research centres and other infrastructure. Strong action in the area is needed to future-proof the EU’s economy and society.

The new Cybersecurity Strategy proposes to integrate cybersecurity into every element of the supply chain and bring further together EU’s activities and resources across the four communities of cybersecurity – internal market, law enforcement, diplomacy and defence.

More information you can find on the following web location, here.