A new strategy proposes the establishment of a center that will pool the efforts of European Union member countries to battle cyber threats and other criminal activities that use the Internet as a digital battleground, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reports.
“We have to adopt to the digital reality and meet the challenge of cyber crime,” said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström when she presented the new plan on Monday. “Today, you don’t need a bomb to attack a nuclear plant. You don’t need a gun to rob people.”
The cyber crime center, which will be part of Europol, will aim to boost the cooperation between member countries, as well as international partners. Experts will work to gather and disseminate information about steps taken in the member countries and to collaborate with their Computer Emergency Response Teams. Dagens Nyheter reported the facility will be operational in 2013.
All member countries will, according to the new strategy, have their own, functioning CERT no later than 2012. A new system will be built to facilitate information sharing between the countries.
The commission also urged the member countries to create better opportunities for corporations and the public to report cyber-related incidents. The proposed framework also noted the importance of a cooperation between Europol and EU’s agency for information security, ENISA.
A part of the strategy is dedicated to illegal cyber activity, and next year the commission will launch a collaboration between Internet service providers, law enforcement and NGOs to address this problem.