How does the EU make your job easier and safer?

Losses due to cybercrime were estimated at over €5.2 trillion in 2021. This is more than the combined GDP of France, Italy and Spain in 2020. Whether you are an individual, a small business or a large multinational, if you rely on IT, you are vulnerable.

No wonder the EU is making cybersecurity its priority. Last year, the Council adopted conclusions on the EU cybersecurity strategy which offers for example:

  • ● cooperate closely through a network of security operations centers
  • implement the latest internet security standards
  • to make hacking harder with stronger encryption

The EU has a special agency for cybersecurity – ENISA. It helps EU countries to prevent, detect and respond to information security issues. In addition, the European Cybercrime Center within Europol helps EU countries investigate online crimes.

While the town hall attack caused administrative delays, a cyberattack on a power plant or a hospital puts lives at risk. To address this, the Council is currently negotiating with the European Parliament on new measures to ensure a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union.

The new rules, under the NIS2 guidelineto aim strengthen the cybersecurity of companies providing critical infrastructure in crucial sectors. This includes energy, transport, financial services, cloud, telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing and central government IT services.

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