Cybersecurity & Privacy Standards

Currently, European and International Standards and the related Certification systems are not sufficient and are not coherent across Europe or internationally, when covering the challenges of certification of cybersecurity, data protection and data privacy. As such, different countries and economic sectors have many different requirements. Certain sectors, such as Financial Services and Critical Infrastructure (e.g. electricity, water, nuclear power) can have very stringent certification requirements, but these are still not harmonised across Europe and often are specific a single country. If the proliferation of innovative communication technologies and widespread use of smart objects can provide growth opportunities are to be integrated into the Digital Single Market, European citizens and businesses expect high quality security standards to be built into new technology or services. cyberwatching.eu will engage with projects, European Standards Organisations and Standards Development Organisations in order to map assess the extent to which standards ensure greater flexibility, offer service providers a unique selling point and impact on wider implementation within both EU research and a more general context.

cyberwatching.eu will report on status of Security and Interoperability Standards, including:

  • List of standards in use in surveyed FP7 and H2020 projects;
  • Most common standard implementation use cases;
  • Gaps in the standards landscape;
  • List of recommended priorities for new standardization efforts.

Through policy tracking and evolution, cyberwatching.eu will also provide support to SDOs, European regulators, and public-private initiatives in the development of standards-based cybersecurity risk management guidelines for organisations. cyberwatching.eu will also engage with the European Catalogue of Standards which is providing a one-stop-shop at the EU level to support and guide public procurers when referring to ICT standards and profiles of standards in their call for tenders. cyberwatching.eu will identify use cases and relevant standards that can enrich the catalogue.

 

News

Outcomes and key themes from ICT 2018 Session on Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society

On 5 December 2018, the Digital Single Market of the European Commission sponsored a session on the topic of “Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society”. The highly-popular session (over 90 attendees) took place on 5 December 2018 within the flagship ICT2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, EC – DG CNECT, kicked off the session with an overview of some of the most pressing issues of the day in cybersecurity:

Events

17/01/2019
Reinforcing Cyber Security in the EU: Building Coordinated Security, Confidence and Capability in the Cyber Domain

With 315 million Europeans using the internet each day, the provision of critical services and the functioning of a modern economy are now entirely dependent upon the robustness and safety of cyberspace and its infrastructure. Cyber security attacks are a growing source of threat and concern, while also representing a growing economic opportunity for Europe, with the market predicted to be worth over $100 Billion by 2018 (European Commission). Moreover, cyber attacks in the EU are constantly growing in both their frequency (quintuplicate between 2013 and 2017) and sophistication.