Steps Towards a Cyber Resilient Europe

Although the internet brings numerous benefits and opportunities to businesses, Europe has never been so vulnerable to the consequences of cyber attack.  The internet is open to everyone and controlled by no one and the fear is that our digitised world is defenceless to cyber threats that could destroy businesses.

European businesses and governments cope more or less satisfactorily despite a lack of expertise, planning, or equipment, but attackers continue to maintain power over organisations. The number and level of threats will only increase as more sophisticated attack tools invade Europe. The same rules and regulations applied to citizen in the EU should be applied to our cyberspace, because our freedom and prosperity depends on a robust and secure internet. Online freedom requires the same safety and security that we expect in our streets; cyberspace should be protected from malicious activities all the time.

The 2012 Eurobarometer survey showed that almost a third of Europeans do not feel safe using the internet for banking or e-commerce. The survey also shows that across the EU, 12% of internet users have fallen victim to data breaches and online fraud.

There is a variety of bodies working in the field of cyber security, such as:

–         The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), whose role is to enhance cyber crime prevention and to respond to cyber security challenges across the European Union.

–         The European Public Private Partnership for resilience (EP3R) whose role is to provide a flexible European-wide governance framework involving relevant public and private stakeholders in public policy and strategic decision-making discussion to strengthen security and resilience in the context of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection.

–         The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for EU institutions, whose role is to act as the primary security service provider for the European government and for European citizens. It also raises cyber security awareness in Europe.

–         The EU Cybercrime Centre within Europol whose aim is to free the EU from cybercrime by building the operational and analytical capacity for investigations and cooperation with international partners.

Although Europe is actively trying to fight cybercrime, the internet is still exposed to cyber threats from all sides. It is suggested that the EU established better control over cyberspace for everyone’s sake.

We recommend using the Cyber Security Governance & Risk Management Toolkit, which will help you implementing five separate approaches into a single, comprehensive, robust framework as an umbrella for your organisation’s security.

Recommended reading:

–         Cyber Risks for Business Professionals: A Management Guide

–         21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare