“Europe now faces an unprecedented risk of cyber destabilizationCédric O, the French secretary of state for digital, explained to his European counterparts.If this risk had already been identified and work started to respond to it, the crisis we are going through forces us to move faster and be more ambitious. The events of the end of February shook the roadmaps.
In their joint statement, the ministers identified three courses of action. On the one hand, they demand a concretion of the “Cyber Resilience Law”the EU technological sovereignty initiative launched in September 2021 where, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, details cyber threats specific to connected objects (such as Smart Homes and the “Internet of Things“). On the other hand, they recommend the approval and deployment of the directive “Network and Information Security 2” (NIS 2), whose Anssi (National Information Systems Security Agency) defines the priority objective of “guarantee a high and common level of security for the networks and information systems of the European Union”. Consolidated by a 2021 amendment, this directive now covers more essential sectors as well as reinforced cybersecurity foundations.
Beyond these preexisting directives, they approved the creation of an emergency response fund. This, whose amount will depend on the European Commission, will be dedicated to protecting the EU against large-scale cyber attacks. As a priority, the subsidies will be allocated to the operators considered”At riskAt the same time, they will contribute to the development of a collective of trusted service providers, experienced in both diagnostics and cybersecurity incidents. Ultimately, these practices should contribute to the emergence of a strengthened European cyber ecosystem.
As a priority, the subsidies will be allocated to the operators considered”At risk“
While the European authorities, such as the European Body of Regulators of Electronic Communications (ORECE) and the European Agency for the Security of Information and Communications Networks (AESRI) have been approached by the Ministers of Digital”list all the risks that weigh on telecommunications networks and infrastructures” ; counterparts in charge of Electronic Communications led a joint statement to digital companies, asking them to“prioritize the publication of accurate information from reputable sources.”
Following disinformation tactics originating in Moscow, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on February 22 urged the EU to favor decisions that “It would send clear messages to Russia that its escalation will not be tolerated and Ukraine will not be left alone.”. Among these he mentions:Not only political messages, political signals, but also some very specific actions like supporting the development of our defense sector, supporting Ukraine’s cybersecurity, adopting some of the sanctions.”.
Indeed, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Russian attempts at digital incursion or manipulation have multiplied. The defense of European cyberspace has become a collective imperative.