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#DigitalSingleMarket - Commission invests in boosting EU's cybersecurity resilience

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The European Commission has launched a new  call for tenders to support the Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs Network), created by the Directive on security of network and information system (NIS Directive), the first EU-wide cybersecurity rules which enable national authorities and market operators to better tackle cyber threats. 

With a budget of €2.5 million funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, this new call comes shortly after a previous call of €1.5m aimed to support essential services, such as health, water, digital infrastructures and transport sectors. A further tender will be published shortly to help national competent authorities increase their co-operation under the NIS directive (NIS Co-operation Group). In total €5.5m is being invested in 2019, via calls for tenders, to step up European cybersecurity readiness and facilitate the sharing of information and cooperation among all the cybersecurity key players that are defined by the NIS Directive.

In addition, a call for grants will be launched on 4 July 2019 with a budget of €10m, to help European public administrations and businesses strengthen their cyber resilience. Altogether, by 2020 over €60m will have been invested on cybersecurity deployments through the Connecting Europe Facility programme. Furthermore, the Commission proposed to invest €2 billion to boost the EU's cybersecurity strategic equipment and infrastructure as part of the future Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027.

For more information about the EU's actions on Cybersecurity see here and for the NIS Directive and its implementation here.

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#EU Cybersecurity: Commission launches public consultation on the NIS directive

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The Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the Directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive). Since the current Directive entered into force in 2016, the cyber-threat landscape has been evolving quickly. The Commission now plans to kick-start the procedure for the revision of the NIS Directive, starting with a public consultation that aims to collect views on its implementation and on the impact of potential future changes.

A Europe Fit for the Digital Age Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said: “As our daily lives and economies become increasingly dependent on digital solutions, we need a culture of state of the art security across vital sectors that rely on information and communication technologies.”

Promoting our European Way of Life Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said: “The review of the Network and Information Systems Directive is an integral part of our forthcoming EU Security Union Strategy that will provide an EU co-ordinated and horizontal approach to security challenges”.

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, said: “The coronavirus crisis has highlighted how important it is to ensure the resilience of our network infrastructure, in particular in sensitive sectors such as health. This consultation is an opportunity for stakeholders to inform the Commission on the state of the cybersecurity preparedness of companies and organisations and to propose ways to further improve it.”

Since its adoption, the NIS Directive has ensured that member states are better prepared for cyber incidents and have increased their cooperation through the NIS Co-operation Group. It obliges companies that provide essential services in vital sectors, namely in energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructures, health, water supply and distribution and digital infrastructure, as well key digital service providers, such as search engines, cloud computing services or online marketplaces, to protect their information technology systems and report major cybersecurity incidents to the national authorities.

The consultation, which will be open until 2 October 2020, seeks opinions and experiences from all interested stakeholders and citizens. More information about the EU's actions to strengthen cybersecurity capacities is available here and in these questions & answers, and more information about the work of NIS Co-operation Group is here.

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EU launches a €10.5 million call for projects in #Cybersecurity

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The Commission has launched a new call, worth €10.5 million through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, for projects that will work on stepping up Europe's cybersecurity capabilities and cooperation across member states. In particular, they will work in various areas, such as on co-ordinated response to cybersecurity incidents, cybersecurity certification, capacity building and institutional co-operation on cybersecurity matters, as well as co-operation between the public and the private sector.

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said: “Supporting concrete projects in the area of cybersecurity helps advance innovative technologies and solutions in a targeted way. The call launched today will contribute to strengthening our resilience against cyber threats, in line with our digital ambitions in Europe and our overall strategy comprising the Cybersecurity Act, the NIS Directive and the Cyber Blueprint Recommendations.”

The deadline for applicants to submit their proposal on the 2020 CEF Telecom Calls web page is 5 November 2020 and the allocation of grants is expected to be announced as of May 2021.More information on the new call is available here. More information on the EU's actions to strengthen cybersecurity capacities is available in these questions & answers, while EU-funded cybersecurity projects can be found here. 

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EU grants €38 million for protection of #CriticalInfrastructure against #CyberThreats

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The Commission has announced that it is committing more than €38 million, through Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, to support several innovative projects in the field of protection of critical infrastructure against cyber and physical threats and making cities smarter and safer.

Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said: “Over the past years we have offered our support to research and innovation actions in the area of cybersecurity that contribute to better protecting key infrastructure and the people living in European smart cities. I am pleased that today we are able to offer yet another significant amount of funding through Horizon 2020 towards security, privacy and threat mitigating solutions.”

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton added: “Securing network and information systems and enhancing cyber resilience are key for shaping Europe's digital future. As we are faced with a diverse array of cybersecurity threats, the EU is taking concrete measures to protect critical infrastructures, cities and citizens. More investments at EU and national level in innovative cybersecurity technologies and solutions are of paramount importance to strengthen EU's resilience to cyberattacks.”

Three projects (SAFETY4RAILS7SHIELDand ENSURESEC) will work to improve prevention, detection, response and mitigation of cyber and physical threatsfor metro and railway networks, ground space infrastructure and satellites, as well as e-commerce and delivery services. Two additional projects (IMPETUS and S4ALLCITIES) aim at enhancing the resilience of cities' infrastructures and services and protecting citizens in case of security incidents in public spaces. The projects are expected to start between June and October 2020 and will run for two years. The support is part of the EU's commitment to build a strong cybersecurity culture and enhanced capabilities to resist and respond effectively to potential cyber threats and attacks.

More information on the EU's actions to strengthen cybersecurity capacities is available in these Q&A, while EU-funded cybersecurity projects can be found here, and new funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 here.

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