Europe: A unified approach in tackling cybercrime

If we are serious about the possible damage that bombs and bullets can cause, then we should also give serious consideration to the dangers that can be sent through global networks, because they can be used to strike at a country’s energy security, and damage its economy and intellectual property,” said Estonian Defense Minister Mart Laar.

Members of the EU met this week in Brussels to discuss how to reinforce and maintain a unified approach towards cybersecurity.  The purpose of the meeting was to persuade participants (representatives of the European Parliament, the European Defense Agency, NATO, private security organizations and others), to promote “a comprehensive policy approach to cyber-security among EU institutions.” The event was led by Estonia, who, 3 years ago, suffered from a massive cyber attack which has estimated to cost the country $27.5 million-$40.5 million. The attack lasted for 3 weeks and was aimed at disabling Web sites for its government, private companies, political parties, banks and newspapers.

Problems in uniforming an approach to cyber security

The meeting this week aimed at getting a uniform approach to tackling cyberattacks, with overcoming problems such as which country has jurisdiction over “stateless cyberspace” and what actually constitutes as a cyberattack. These answers need to be finalised before Europe can move forward as a whole and combatting cyber risks out there. 

Cecilia Malmstrom (member of the European Commission responsible for Home Affairs) said she is working towardse the establishment of a European cybercrime center by 2013, which “will become the focal point in the EU’s fight against cybercrime and it will also ensure faster reactions in the event of cyberattacks.”

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The solution

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