European Commission publishes strategy on cybersecurity

The European Commission (EC), through the European Political Strategy Centre (the European Commission's in-house think tank), has issued a strategic note on cybersecurity and the building of an effective European cyber shield.

Cyber-attacks are already occurring on a daily basis. Breaches of sensitive data, mass disinformation campaigns, cyber-espionage and attacks on critical infrastructure - these are no longer futuristic threats, but real events that affect individuals, businesses and governments. Cyber-aggression is emerging as a major new vector that can be engaged to achieve strategic superiority, destabilise states and cause large-scale economic damage.

In this rapidly evolving context, the European Union (EU) and its Member States have to anticipate and plan for extreme scenarios. Strengthening Europe's cyber capacities and strengthening cooperation at EU level are important priorities. The document argues that cybersecurity policies in the EU and the development of European capabilities, backed by substantial EU funding, should form the basis of a European shield to protect member states, European institutions, businesses and citizens.

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