The European Commission announced on Wednesday the laying out of a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.
According to an official statement released by the commission, advanced and coordinated responses in the field of cybersecurity have become increasingly necessary, as cyberattacks grow in number, scale and consequences. All relevant actors in the EU, they say, need to be prepared to respond collectively and exchange relevant information on a 'need to share', rather than a 'need to know', basis.
First announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Joint Cyber Unit aims to bring together resources and expertise available to the EU and its Member States to effectively prevent, deter and respond to mass cyber incidents and crises. Cybersecurity communities, including civilian, law enforcement, and diplomatic, as well as private sector partners, too often operate separately. With the Joint Cyber Unit, they will have a virtual and physical platform of cooperation to build a European platform for solidarity and assistance to counter large-scale cyberattacks, said the commission.
The statement went on to say that the recommendation on the creation of the Joint Cyber Unit is an important step towards completing the European cybersecurity crisis management framework and contributing to a safe digital economy and society.
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