Earlier this week, the European Council, the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union, adopted conclusions and recommendations on the EU's cybersecurity strategy looking forward. The conclusions highlight a number of priority areas for the coming years, asserting that cybersecurity is an essential pillar for developing a resilient, green, and digital Europe. The several conclusions noted below are some of the most interesting recommendations for the EU's cyber-resilience strategy in the coming years and give us an insight into the nature of the key public and private investments that will be made in this space.
- Plans for the creation of a network of security operation centers across the EU to monitor and anticipate signals of attacks on networks
- The definition of a joint cyber unit to provide clear focus to the EU's cybersecurity crisis management framework
- The need for a joint effort to accelerate the uptake of key internet security standards
- A strong commitment to guarantee the security of 5G networks and the development of future network generations
- The development of strong encryption to protect fundamental rights and digital security while at the same time ensuring the ability of law enforcement and judicial authorities to exercise their powers both online and offline
- Preventing and countering cyberattacks with systemic effects that might affect supply chains, critical infrastructure and essential services, democratic institutions and processes and undermine economic security
- The prospective establishment of a cyber intelligence working group to strengthen EU INTCEN's dedicated capacity in this domain
- Strengthening cooperation with international organizations and partner countries to advance the shared understanding of the cyber threat landscape
- The proposal to develop an EU external cyber capacity building agenda to increase cyber resilience and capacities worldwide
The Council adopted conclusions on the EU's cybersecurity strategy for the digital decade. This strategy was presented by the Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs in December 2020. It outlines the framework for EU action to protect EU citizens and businesses from cyber threats, promote secure information systems and protect a global, open, free and secure cyberspace.