Proposal for a_directive_of_the_european_parliament_and_of_the_council_concerning_measures_to_ensure_a_high_common_level_of_network_and_information_security_across_the_union_com
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The aim of the proposed Directive is to ensure a high common level of network and information security (NIS). This means improving the security of the Internet and the private networks and information ...
The aim of the proposed Directive is to ensure a high common level of network and information security (NIS). This means improving the security of the Internet and the private networks and information systems underpinning the functioning of our societies and economies. This will be achieved by requiring the Member States to increase their preparedness and improve their cooperation with each other, and by requiring operators of critical infrastructures, such as energy, transport, and key providers of information society
services (e-commerce platforms, social networks, etc), as well as public administrations to adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks and report serious incidents to the national competent authorities. This proposal is presented in connection with the joint Communication of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on a European Cybersecurity Strategy. The objective of the Strategy is to ensure a secure and trustworthy digital environment, while promoting and protecting fundamental rights and other EU core values. This proposal is the main action of the Strategy. Further actions under the Strategy in this area focus on raising awareness, developing an internal market for cybersecurity products and services, and fostering R&D investment. These actions will be complemented by others aimed at stepping up the fight against cybercrime and building an international cybersecurity policy for the EU. 1.1. Reasons for and objectives of the proposal. NIS is increasingly important to our economy and society. NIS is also an important precondition to create a reliable environment for worldwide trade in services. However, information systems can be affected by security incidents, such as human mistakes, natural events, technical failures or malicious attacks. These incidents are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more complex. The Commission’s online public consultation on ‘Improving network and information security in the EU1’ found that 57 % of respondents had experienced NIS incidents over the previous year that had a serious impact on their activities. Lack of NIS can compromise vital services depending on the integrity of network and information systems. This can stop businesses functioning, generate substantial financial losses for the EU economy and negatively affect societal welfare. (...)
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