The key objective of the new EU cybersecurity strategy is to provide Europe with a long-term vision of cybersecurity and to secure confidence in the digital single market while taking into account the changing international security environment and the development of new technologies and markets.
"Cybersecurity is one of the fastest evolving areas that directly affects governments and private companies alike. The European Union must be able to withstand all threats and risks associated with cybersecurity and to ensure a stable, secure and resilient cyberspace for every citizen living in the EU. The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is now planning to summarise the views of the member states and prepare the conclusions of the EU Council," said Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.
The new strategy for cybersecurity focuses on increasing the EU's resilience to cyber threats, enhancing international cooperation and establishing an effective deterrent mechanism for combating cybercrime.
"In order to ensure European cybersecurity, there is a need to enhance cooperation between EU institutions, agencies and other cyber-related organisations. It is important to share existing knowledge and experience. A coherent approach and effective coordination will also ensure better cooperation between the member states," said Minister Palo.
Europe has already adopted a network and information security directive that must be transposed by the member states by May of next year. The aim of the directive is to harmonise legislation in the member states and to improve cooperation when solving cyber incidents.
"As an advanced e-state, Estonia plans to be one of the first to create a completely new cybersecurity law. We will be sending the draft law to the government for approval in December this year," commented Minister Palo.
"The new Estonian cybersecurity act will be even tougher than stated in the EU requirements. Upon entry into force of the new law, every Estonian citizen can be sure that modern tools are used to protect their data and a clear arrangement in place. If the state is committed to providing citizens with e-services, ensuring their smooth functioning and identifying and preventing cyber threats is necessary in a changing technology environment, which is why this law will potentially protect everyone in the future," commented Palo.