The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy

Pablo Valerio, International Business & IT Consultant | 3/12/2013 | 16 comments

Pablo Valerio
"To respond to online security breaches in real-time conditions, a well-functioning network of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) should be established in Europe." This is one of the provisions of the new cybersecurity strategy proposed by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice president for the Digital Agenda, and Catherine Ashton, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs.

The proposed directive lays down measures, including:

(a) Member State must adopt a NIS strategy and designate a national NIS competent authority with adequate financial and human resources to prevent, handle and respond to NIS risks and incidents;

(b) Creating a cooperation mechanism among Member States and the Commission to share early warnings on risks and incidents through a secure infrastructure, cooperate and organise regular peer reviews;

(c) Operators of critical infrastructures in some sectors (financial services, transport, energy, health), enablers of information society services (notably: app stores e-commerce platforms, Internet payment, cloud computing, search engines, social networks) and public administrations must adopt risk management practices and report major security incidents on their core services.

Most of the European member states already have a cybersecurity entity. In the UK is the Office of Cybersecurity (OCS), in Germany the National Cyber Response Centre, and in Spain the Cybersecurity Unit of the "Guardia Civil." Those entities have experts from the military, intelligence services, and the police. If necessary, most cybersecurity agencies are equipped to launch a cyberattack in response to intrusions into their countries' infrastructure. All those entities need to coordinate with the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), which has the status of "European Agency," with full enforcement powers.

"The more people rely on the internet the more people rely on it to be secure. A secure internet protects our freedoms and rights and our ability to do business. It's time to take coordinated action -- the cost of not acting is much higher than the cost of acting," said Neelie Kroes

One of the issues of this new directive is the notion of "competent authority." It is unclear whether these authorities need to be public organizations or, if necessary, a member state can hire a private firm. That could be of significance for smaller countries such as Malta and Luxembourg, with limited resources to combat cyberattacks.

But, from CIOs' perspective, the most important provision is the need to report "major security incidents" to the authorities within a short period of time. Until the directive gets finally approved, the definitions are not clear, but CIOs of Internet companies, services, transport, energy, and health need to start revising their "risk management practices" and reporting systems.

While a similar provision was already included in the Framework Directive for e-communications, the new requirement to report major security incidents could have a significant impact in some organizations, especially where consumer confidence is required. Planning for compling without creating panic among customers or stockholders is essential. As well as creating a plan for working effectively with government entitis across the EU. Given the cross-functional nature of the problem (legal, security, marketing, and other departments are involved), it might be a good idea to get going even before all the details are known.

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Tuscany   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   11/24/2013 6:02:42 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?

@eethtworkz      I understand and respect your position.  Thanks for the Link, interesting premise that Germany has in fact been helped economically as a result of the formation of the EU.   Great food for thought.

eethtworkz   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   11/21/2013 1:04:20 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?

I want to be Honest and Polite.

The Eurozone is not working for anybody Except the Germans & the Useless Bueracrats currently.

More Proof
Tuscany   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   11/21/2013 1:21:12 AM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?
@eethtworkz    I lived in Europe as the EU was coming to formation and you are right.  This is a very convoluted issue and it really comes down to money - as most things unfortunately do. When I was there, I heard opinions that basically the wealthier countries did not want to be a part of weaker economies and if they did - they wanted to dictate terms.  Of course this kind of treatment will cause resentment in any individual.

And of course, the historical implications just make the matter even more sensative.
Tuscany   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   11/21/2013 1:13:51 AM
What Happen ?
"....the most important provision is the need to report "major security incidents" to the authorities within a short period of time."

Interesting.  I was under the impression this has always been a requirement more or less.  Maybe I am confusing the U.S. stance versus the EU.   In any event, it is nice to learn that security is taking on an added importance - not only in awareness but in purposed action.

eethtworkz   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/16/2013 12:34:44 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?


That's true;if you simply compare the Structure of the Italian Lira(which was in place in 1998) with that of the Euro-There is not much Difference.

Both are Fiat Currencies(not backed anything ).

Which is why he is constantly campaigning for a Return to a Gold Standard Currency (backed by Gold which cannot be Printed out of thin Air by Unaccountable Bueracrats)after a Repudiation of Euro-Denominated Debt.


rdv   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/16/2013 12:27:19 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?

   I really dont understand the intricacy of the EU but the youtube link that you posted was a stage show that Beppe spoke in 1998 (just before the formation of EU).  I saw a recent interview of his... where he is talking about Italy being a part of EU or No...

eethtworkz   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/14/2013 12:35:34 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?

I agree entirely(with your explaination for what Ails the EU).

Previously what used to happen was that it was possible for Countries to print their Way out of Recessions[Italy and even France was famous for this-Every decade or so they simply removed 2 Zeros from their Lira Notes];now that they have joined the EU and outsourced Monetary Policy to Germany;they no longer have that option open to them.

That's what makes the Adjustment so hard.

I still feel that this Coordination will just add another complicated Layer of Bueracracy to the Whole Process which is unneccesary at this point of time.

You need Quick Response Units not layers and layers of Bueracracy(which is the Hallmark of the EU today) to respond to Cybercrime.


eethtworkz   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/14/2013 12:22:08 PM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?

This is no Easy issue to describe.

In Europe,each and every Seperate Nation State has their own language and Unique Identity;In Europe Countries  Speak English/French/Spanish/Portugal/German//Italian/Greek,etc,etc ;on the other hand in America almost everyone speaks in English or Spanish.

And there is massive Historical distrust between Various Countries so they resent other countries telling them what to do(particularly Germany).

These are the main Historical causes.

When it comes to Economics;I highly recommend you read up and Watch  Beppe Grillo's Video on Youtube to get a clearer idea of what the issues are at hand.

One of My Favorite Bloggers-Mike Shedlock of Sitka Pacific also writes very well about this issue HERE


The So-called Integration which the Germans want to Achieve(at their terms) is not going to happen and that is the Real and Only Truth here.


stotheco   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/14/2013 12:42:22 AM
Re: Is Europe Really interested in More Integration?
I had no idea that the EU was despised by so many. What are the underlying causes to this?

I would think that it would be beneficial if the EU (or the region-wide entity) worked closely with the local governments in each representative country. That would at least foster communication and enforce action and participation, even on a local level.
stotheco   The EU's Cybersecurity Strategy   3/14/2013 12:40:23 AM
Re: Time and costs
Impactnow, to be honest, I think it is always a tall order when it comes to matters of cybersecurity. The same can be said for its implications. It all rests on the implementation and agencies in charge.
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