EU agrees on stricter cybersecurity measures for critical sector firms

The European Parliament and the EU’s member states have agreed to implement stricter cybersecurity measures for entities that are in critical sectors.

According to CyberNews, the revised strategy – the NIS 2 Directive – oversees medium and large entities belonging to critical sectors, including providers of public electronic communications services, digital services, waste water and waste management, postal and courier services, manufacturing of critical products and public administration.

The Directive also covers the healthcare space, paying attention to securing the industry from cyber threats that appeared during the pandemic.

Promoting our European Way of Life VP Margaritis Schinas said, “Cybersecurity was always essential to shield our economy and our society against cyber threats; it is becoming critical as we are moving further in the digital transition. The current geopolitical context makes it even more urgent for the EU to ensure that its legal framework is fit for purpose.”

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton added, “Cyber threats have become bolder and more complex. It was imperative to adapt our security framework to the new realities and to make sure our citizens and infrastructures are protected. In today’s cybersecurity landscape, cooperation and rapid information sharing are of paramount importance.”

Breton also remarked that the agreement will be complemented by the upcoming Cyber Resilience Act, which is aimed at establishing cybersecurity requirements covering digital products and their services.

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