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Computer Weekly – Cyber security key to EU single digital market, says EC

Cyber security is key to creating a single digital market in Europe, said Jakub Boratynski, head of unit trust and security at the European Commission (EC).

“To most people the single digital market is about economics, but it cannot flourish without cyber security,” Boratynski told the Trust in the Digital World conference in Madrid.

“Failures in the digital world can have profound impacts on the physical world as we saw in 2013, when a systems failure caused the UK’s air traffic control service to restrict flights for a few hours,” he said.

The challenge, he said, lies in the fact that organisations often deal with a lot of unknowns – such as whether problems are being caused by technical failures or malicious attacks and, if it is an attack, who is behind it

EC needs to make NIS directive a reality

Boratynski said the negotiations around the proposed NIS directive are close to resolution, and that the EC expects an agreement by summer 2015.

“There are still some hurdles to overcome which are mainly related to how the directive will be scoped, but we are confident it will cover critical infrastructure and regional co-operation,” said Boratynski.

Priorities for the EC, he said, are to mature member states’ cyber security capabilities and make the NIS directive work in reality, making the European Union (EU) a leader in cyber security by developing an industrial strategy, and mainstreaming cyber security in all European policy making.

Key questions under debate are whether these aims are feasible and whether “trustworthy ICT” can become an EU trademark, he said.


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