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Cybersecurity month: increasing digital resiliency

Recently, the European Union launched its annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organizations, in order to provide up-to-date online security information through awareness-raising and share of good practices. For this reason, October 2021 is dedicated to cybersecurity. The main objectives of the EU’s 2021 Campaign are to ensure that end-users and organisations are well informed on potential cybersecurity risks and that they stay safe online.

The past year has highlighted the importance of digitalization across all areas of the economy and society. People and businesses started relying on digital solutions to interact and keep their businesses afloat. Dr2 Consultants expects the pandemic will have triggered permanent changes, making it imperative for businesses and governments to invest in digital solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic added a sense of tremendous urgency to digital developments and has led citizens and businesses to conduct their daily lives and work online. This change of habits has opened the way to new business opportunities, but it also paved the way to online threats and vulnerability to cyberattacks, ransomwares and hackers. In this blog, Dr2 Consultants provides an oversight of the digital challenges the EU is working on. Dr2 Consultants believes cybersecurity is the solution to this threat, and the European Union and its Member States are increasingly aware of it.

Cybersecurity: a fundamental factor of stability

World-wide online security will be a fundamental factor of stability in the future, as local authorities, public institutions, citizens and businesses rely more and more on online websites and portals, which store data. Dr2 Consultants is convinced that a successful digital transformation depends on data-driven innovation, which in turn relies on the safety and stability of those data. It is therefore crucial to create a safe and easy way to maintain control over the virtual gold of the new society.

The Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed on 1 October on the proposal of the Data Governance Act, which creates a framework to foster a new business model – data intermediation services – to provide a secure environment to help companies or individuals sharing data. For companies, it would support voluntary data-sharing between businesses or facilitate the compliance with the obligations set by law. By using these services, companies will be able to share their data without the fear of misuse or a loss of competitive advantage.

In her State of the European Union speech on 15 September, EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen mentioned the need for a European Cyber Defence Policy, including legislation on common standards under a new European Cyber Resilience Act, expected to be announced in 2022. President von der Leyen announced further investments in digital infrastructures, as well as boosting digital skills.

This shows that educating online users has become more important than ever before. The European Commission is pushing forward with public consultations and planned legislation in the digital sector such as the Digital Services Act and the Data Act. With France set to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2022, it would also make a priority on the digital files. Heads of the European and French cybersecurity agencies already asked for higher spending on cybersecurity.

Member States also long recognized the need to ensure the resilience of critical infrastructures providing services which are essential for the smooth running of the internal market and the lives and livelihoods of European citizens. Furthermore, Dr2 Consultants expects the contribution of businesses will have a crucial impact in making these initiatives balanced and future-proof.

What can Dr2 Consultants do for you?

These developments will impact business operations in a wide array of industries in various ways. Dr2 Consultants has the right knowledge and capacity to help organizations and companies identify the right impact and opportunities of this draft legislation. If you think that your organization too will be impacted by the European Commission’s legislative initiatives on data governance, artificial intelligence, digital services and more, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.