The European Commission launched a public consultation on Tuesday to review the European Cyber Security Directive, the so-called NIS Directive, with which it intends to adapt the regulations that came into force in 2016 according to important infrastructures such as hospitals to new realities. were attacked during the coronavirus crisis.
The consultation will gather views on how the directive will be implemented and what effects future regulatory changes will have. According to the Executive Vice President of the Commission for a Europe adapted to the digital age, Margrethe Vestager, the EU needs to know the state of the art in security in key sectors that are heavily dependent on information technology.
For this reason, the revision of the NIS Directive can provide a coordinated and horizontal approach to these issues within the EU, including as part of the European Block’s security strategy. “The coronavirus crisis has shown the importance of ensuring the resistance of our networks, particularly in sensitive areas such as healthcare,” said Thierry Breton Commissioner for the Internal Market.
The French politician emphasized that this consultation gives companies the opportunity to inform Brussels about the state of cybersecurity in their sectors, to explain the level of willingness of organizations and to propose initiatives for improvement in this area.