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Cyber security standards still set the Digital Agenda for Europe

22/05/2014 by


Business faces a challenging landscape of myriad cyber security standards, a perceived lack of guidance on best practice from Government and continued budget pressures, all in the face of increasing cyber security incidents. However, progress is being made in harmonising cyber security protocols across the EU and approval has been given to a proposed Network and Information Security Directive (which may include mandatory obligations on public authorities and market operators). This article considers current and future cyber security practices.

In November 2013 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published a report into cyber security standards, having commissioned research into their availability and adoption within the UK private sector. In December 2013, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute published the final report from its Cloud Standards Coordination initiative, alongside the first release of the European Commission’s ‘Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation’. During March, a revised draft of the Network and Information Security Directive on cyber security regulation in the EU was voted through the European Parliament. Security still sits at the heart of the debate over e-commerce and digital technology, and a harmonised approach to security standards is moving closer.

Digital agenda for Europe

The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to maximise digital technologies and drive economic expansion. It is the first of seven initiatives under Europe 2020, the EU’s strategy for smart sustainable and inclusive growth. Under that agenda, the EC will annually publish recommended standardisation activities required in support of the EU policy activities. The current policy areas of focus are:

  • Societal Challenges
  • Innovation for the Digital Single Market
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Key Enablers and security

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