Brussels 6th of July – European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society, welcomed the vote of the European Parliament’s plenary to adopt the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the ‘NIS Directive’).
The Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems is the first comprehensive piece of EU legislation on cybersecurity and a fundamental building block for our work in this area. It requires companies in critical sectors – such as energy, transport, banking and health – to adopt risk management practices and report major incidents that can affect the Digital Single Market to their national authorities which will, in turn, be able to carry out better capacity-building with greater cross-border cooperation inside the EU.
The EU steps toward a complete cybersecurity strategy are driven by the following principles:
1. increasing cyber resilience;
2. drastically reducing cybercrime;
3. developing EU cyber defence policy and capabilities related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP);
4. developing the industrial and technological resources for cybersecurity;
5. establishing a coherent international cyberspace policy for the EU and promote core EU values.
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