Can the EU lead on cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has become a prominent topic on the EU policy agenda. The NIS directive, the EU’s first cybersecurity law, went into effect in May of this year. And the European Commission proposed more legislation, known as the cybersecurity act, in September 2017.

While these laws have been negotiated, Europe has seen a wave of new cyber attacks including the major WannaCry and NotPetya breaches in 2017. Revelations of cyber threats ahead of the US and French presidential elections also raised awareness. With the EU parliamentary election coming up in 2019, European institutions are now especially concerned about raising security standards and protecting against major incidents beforehand.

This workshop addressed the EU’s changing approach to cybersecurity policy and consider Europe’s recent actions to protect elections.

Questions included:

– Is the EU taking the global lead on cybersecurity regulation, much like it has on data protection?

– Are the European Commission and Parliament taking appropriate action to safeguard elections before 2019?

– Will it be possible to protect against breaches in 27 different member states at the same time?

– What new cyber threats does the 2019 EU election raise, compared to national elections?

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