Report: Inconsistency in Creating Cybersecurity Strategies Common among EU Nations

A new report on network and information security finds that European nations are highly varied in how prepared they are for dealing with cyber crime, network attacks and network resilience, according to the European Network and Information Security Agency.

ENISA’s “Country Reports” features an overview and detailed reports on 30 European nations, with information that includes identification of stakeholders and trends. Among the key findings of that report is that there is no consistency among the European Union member states when it comes to IT security strategies.

However, many countries are ramping up their efforts and making strides in this particular area, and typically the government and the public authorities have a key and active role in defining the main lines of the IT security national strategy.

The report cited France, Germany and the Netherlands as examples of nations that had experienced recent developments concerning national network and information security or cybersecurity strategies.

In February 2011, France issued a national strategy for the defense and security of information systems, which relies on four major objectives: being a global cybersecurity leader, guaranteeing the nation’s freedom of decision by the protection of sovereignty information, reinforcing the French national vital infrastructures’ cybersecurity and ensuring security in cyberspace.

The federal government in Germany announced its national cybersecurity strategy early in 2011 to ensure secure operation of communications networks for the state, business and citizens. The strategy stresses enhanced protection of critical infrastructure against cyber attacks and protection of IT systems in Germany, and also calls for the setup of a national cybersecurity center.

The Netherlands has recently been preparing a national cyber security strategy that encompasses fighting cyber crime, improving network and information security, cybersecurity and cyber warfare. The minister of security and justice also has presented the first Dutch national cybersecurity strategy for approval by the Dutch parliament, framework that contains an analysis of the problem, a vision presentation and an action plan.


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