CYBER SECURITY : NEW STRATEGY IDENTIFIES FIVE PRIORITIES.

Developing industrial and technological resources for cyber security is one of the five priorities of the EU strategy to ensure an open, safe and secure cyber space, presented on 7 February by Commissioners Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), Cecilia Malmstrom (home affairs) and High Representative Catherine Ashton. The stategy also aims to enhance the resilience of networks and information systems, bolster the fight against cyber crime, protect cyber space and develop cyber defence.

Cyber security aims to combat cyber incidents occurring on networks and information systems. Such incidents are becoming more frequent and "can cause major damage to safety and the economy," notes the Commission. "Rules have to be agreed for the dematerialised world, which is becoming increasingly important," explained Ashton.

The strategy aims primarily to highlight and/or strengthen actions already taken in different areas, such as tackling cyber crime and cyber defence.

Developing industrial and technological resources for cyber security is one of the most interesting priorities, in addition to the draft directive on network and information security, which places new obligations on the private and public sectors.

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