In 2013 the European Cybersecurity Strategy was adopted. One of its five priorities is to develop industrial 2 and technological resources for cybersecurity. The strategy proposes to mobilise public and private resources to stimulate innovation and the competitiveness of secure ICT solutions supply in Europe. For this reason the EU Cybersecurity strategy has launched a public-private platform at EU level (so-called Network and Information Security (NIS) Platform). This has resulted in the publication of a Cybersecurity Strategic Research Agenda1 (SRA) of the NIS Platform in the third quarter of 2015.
The European Union (EU) has detailed how it intends to improve its cyber defences in the face of rising ransomware attacks, cyber-crime and online meddling by other nations. "With the recent ransomware attacks, a dramatic rise in cyber-criminal activity, state actors increasingly using cyber tools to meet their geopolitical goals and the diversification of cybersecurity incidents, the EU needs to be more resilient to cyber-attacks and create effective cyber deterrence," said the European Commission in a State of the Union 2017 - Cybersecurity statement. The EU's plans include a'Blueprint' to implement in the event of a large-scale cyber attack, a stronger EU Cybersecurity Agency with greater resources, a new security certification scheme and more investment in European security research. The Commission wants a plan in place to combat any large-scale cross-border cyber-attack or crisis: this would set out how member states and EU institutions should respond to these incidents. The plan will be tested regularly in cyber and other crisis management exercises, it said.
The EU is pursuing a digital strategy that builds on our successful history of technology, innovation and ingenuity, vested in European values, and projecting them onto the international stage. The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the European data strategy presented today show that Europe can set global standards on technological development while putting people first. Digital technologies considerably improve our lives, from better access to knowledge and content to how we do business, communicate or buy goods and services. The EU must ensure that the digital transformation works for the benefit of all people, not just a few. Citizens should have the opportunity to flourish, choose freely, engage in society and at the same time feel safe online.
In today's digital world, we have an incredible opportunity to finally solve some of the world's most intractable problems, using connectivity to pool ideas and resources across time zones and geographies, and to fuel innovative ideas and solutions. And yet, even as connectivity bridges divides, it leaves one big issue in place: data. For the fact is, society's digital adoption outpaces its understanding of who should own the data that digital creates, who should be able to use it, and to what end. It's a fact that every consumer product and most consumer habits today generate personal data. By 2020, 20 billion connected devices will exist, all producing data streams and information.