Securing network and information systems in the EU is essential to ensure prosperity and to keep the online economy running. The European Union works on a number of fronts to ensure cybersecurity in Europe, from providing the delivery of better internet for kids to implementing the international cooperation on cybersecurity and cybercrime.Digital technologies and the Internet are the backbone of our society and economy; they are key enablers of prosperity and freedom. Network and information systems can be affected by incidents (human mistakes, natural events, technical failures or malicious attacks) that are becoming bigger, more frequent and more complex. A high level of network and information security across the EU is essential to ensure consumer confidence and to keep the online economy running. This will, in turn, preserve the well-functioning of the internal market and will boost growth and jobs.
The Digital Agenda
The European Union’s Digital Agenda sees Internet trust and security as vital to a vibrant digital society, and sets out 14 actions to improve cybersecurity readiness. These include the establishment of a well-functioning network of CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Teams) at national level covering all of Europe; the organisation of cyber-incidents simulations and the support to EU-wide cybersecurity preparedness.
Moreover, the policy on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) aims to strengthen the security and resilience of vital ICT infrastructure by stimulating and supporting the development of a high level of preparedness, security and resilience capabilities, both at national and at EU level.