Ford: Agreement on information security rules will help counter cyber-attacks

08-Dec-2015 @ 11:0

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New rules have been agreed which would establish minimum standards of cyber security for key infrastructure sites across the EU, such as airport facilities, power stations and banks.

The Network and Information Security Directive is an attempt to deal with the emerging threat of cyber-attacks and the need for information sharing across member states.

It also covers some digital service providers, such as search engines and online marketplaces, although following pressure from MEPs, requirements in this area will be specific to the digital sector and future-proofed, as cyber security is already a top priority for many of these digital companies.

The final round of talks on the directive were chaired by ECR MEP Vicky Ford, the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Mrs Ford commented: "This has been a hugely complex piece of legislation. We have set up a network which will enable experts from each of the 28 countries in the EU to share and develop best practice in network security, whilst not compromising any individual member state's own national security measures."

The British Conservative added: "Network security is a significant and growing concern and many operators already invest significantly in their network and information security systems.

"I hope that this agreement will help others to come up to speed but without putting an unnecessary burden on smaller companies."

A final vote in the European Parliament to approval the deal is expected to take place in the Spring, after which member states will have just less than two years to put the measures into place.

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