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24 Μαρτίου 2019
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EP moves to improve cybersecurity
  12 Μαρτίου 2019, 11:13 πμ  
Amid growing problems from increasingly sophisticated cyber-criminals, the European Parliament will today vote on the cybersecurity act which aims to improve the European response to the increasing number of cyber threats by strengthening the role of the European Agency for Network and Information Security (Enisa) and establishing a common cybersecurity certification framework.
 
Angelika Niebler, the MEP responsible for steering the plans through Parliament, said they wanted to tackle two issues. "The first issue relates to the increasing number of attacks on our critical infrastructure, which means on all aspects of our daily lives - electricity, communication, water etc,” she said.
 
"The second issue relates to the increasing number of internet of things devices and the user’s mistrust in the safety and privacy of their devices."
 
Under the plans Enisa will get more staff and funding, while cybersecurity cooperation between EU countries will be intensified. There will be standardised certification for IT equipment across Europe. Initially certification is voluntary. By 2023 the European Commission will evaluate to what extent the scheme should become mandatory.

In addition, internet users will benefit from better information, which they can use to boost their security. According to a recent  Eurobarometer survey, 87% of people in the EU regard cybercrime as an important challenge to the EU’s internal security and a majority are concerned about being victims. With the new rules in place, users will have recommendations on secure configurations and maintenance of their devices, availability and duration of updates and known vulnerabilities.
 
"The 2017 WannaCry cyberattack, which paralysed more than 200,000 IT systems across the EU at the same time, has shown that we need European initiatives to increase cybersecurity," said Niebler. "With the cybersecurity act, we have now laid the foundation for this. Europe could soon become the leading force in cybersecurity."
 
  Edited by Bouli Hadjioannou