The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade

Guest author: Pier Giorgio CHIARA On 16 December 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a new EU Cybersecurity Strategy (JOIN(2020) 18 final). The new strategy lays down the framework within which the Proposal for a NIS 2.0 and the Proposal for a Directive … Continued

Proposal for NIS 2.0

On 16 December, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive on Measures for High Common Level of Cybersecurity across the Union (COM(2020) 823 final). Undoubtedly the NIS Directive contributed to a significant change in the regulatory approach to cybersecurity in many Member States. However, increased digitisation of the internal market and digital transformation … Continued

Open letter on crypto and recent attacks

Recently a Resolution by the Council of the EU has been leaked titled “Encryption — Security through encryption and security despite encryption“. Beside the unsettling play with different interpretations of “Security”, the resolution requires “Competent authorities must be able to access data in a lawful and targeted manner [..]”. While not explicitly requiring backdoors or … Continued

New EU Cybersecurity Platform: The European Cybersecurity Atlas

The European Cybersecurity Atlas, a digital knowledge management platform created by the European Commission, will map, categorise and stimulate collaboration between European cybersecurity experts in support of the EU Digital Strategy. The Atlas is considered an important support to the forthcoming European cybersecurity competence centre. For more info see

…and the new ECCC goes to: Bucharest!

On 9 December 2020, representatives of the governments of the EU member states selected Bucharest, Romania, as the seat of the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre. Proposals for the selection of the seat included beside Bucharest: Luxembourg, Leon (Spain), Warsaw (Poland), Vilnius (Lithuania), Munich (Germany), and Brussels (Belgium). Background: On 12 … Continued

Cybersecurity@CEPS SUMMIT 2020

Sandra was an invited speaker at this year’s Cybersecurity@CEPS SUMMIT “Policy Challenges for the EU Cybersecurity”. The online event focussed on the review of the NIS Directive and the need of cybersecurity requirements for ICT products. On 2 December, Sandra presented and discussed with fellow panellists Alessandro Zamboni (Partner and Head of Wavestone European Services), … Continued