The European Union´s Telecommunications Council, part of the European Council, has reached an agreement on a general approach to the Cybersecurity Act. European Commission officials welcomed the agreement, emphasizing that strengthening Europe´s cybersecurity is the only way to ensure a strong Digital Single Market.
“Today´s agreement opens the door to transform and strengthen the mandate of the European Union Agency for Network and Information and Security (ENISA) into the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, which will support Member States with tackling cybersecurity threats and attacks,” said Digital Single Market Vice President Andrus Ansip and Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in a joint statement.
The act was proposed by the European Commission in September 2017 and aims to reinforce the EU´s resilience deterrence and response to cyberattacks through a series of specific measures. These measures include a European Union Cybersecurity Agency to assist Member States in dealing with cyberattacks, a blueprint that explains how to respond quickly to large scale cyberattacks, a new directive to combat digital fraud and counterfeiting and an EU product certification framework, among others.
The Commission´s full statement on the agreement can be found here.