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Mar
04

Time to Catch Up: The EU’s Cyber Security Strategy

From: European Public Affairs

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In recent years, cybersecurity has become a high ranking issue threatening stability worldwide. The age of mega-breaches has arrived, cybersecurity going hand in hand with fighting an almost invisible and unconventional enemy lurking in the shadows of an anarchic cyberspace. Cybercrimes are increasing because of global interconnectedness, coupled by inadequate protective measures exposing government and private organisations as well as infrastructures to cyber threats. The key solution is of course resilience, the necessity to build smarter and faster ways to detect attacks and to promptly counter them.

In response to growing worries concerning global cyber threats, the European Union (EU) and NATO have stepped up their cyber defence cooperation and recently signed a Technical Arrangement between the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) and the Computer Emergency Response Team – European Union (CERT-EU) (10/02/2016). The milestone agreement signed this February enables technical information sharing as well as best practices exchanges between NCIRC and CERT-EU to advance cyber incident prevention, detection and response in both organisations, in line with their decision making autonomy and procedures. The EU-NATO collaboration in cyber security matters started in 2010, with high level staff-to-staff cyber defence consultations and informal meetings that now occur annually.

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