EU launches cyber-security strategy

Feb 07, 2013 12:00 AM

The European Commission has launched its cyber-security strategy -  ‘An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace’ – intended to enhance European cyber-security through European and international cooperation and information sharing. 

Described by Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs as a “landmark in the fight against criminal activity that takes place online”, the Strategy sets out five priorities for the EU’s cyber-security vision. These five priorities are: achieving cyber resilience; drastically reducing cyber crime; developing cyber policy defence policy and capabilities related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP); developing the industrial and technological resources for cyber-security; and establishing a coherent international cyberspace policy for the European Union and promoting core EU values.

The Strategy, coupled with the recent opening of the European Cyber Crime Centre in The Hague, is a significant step forward for the EU in their goal to achieve an open, safe and secure internet environment. EU member states will be expected to have effective cyber crime units and other adequate infrastructure in place to handle cyber threats, including emergency response teams. They will also be encouraged to share information on major incidents. Enhanced cooperation between the public and private sector, as well as civil-military cooperation, is also envisaged in the strategy. “Being open, transparent and sharing information is the only way we can help each other against cyber security breaches”, said Neelie Kroes, European Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, adding that there is “no true freedom without security”.

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