EU Cyber Defence: Enhanced coordination means greater deterrence
Today MEPs adopted in plenary a report on cyber defence, one of the areas where enhanced cooperation is needed to better prepare Europe to defend itself and its citizens in the cyber domain.
ALDE MEP Urmas Paet (Estonian Reform Party), European Parliament’s rapporteur on cyber defence, has focused his work on six main areas: capability development for cyber defence, cyber defence of CSDP missions and operations, cyber defence education and training, EU-NATO cooperation on cyber defence, international norms applicable to cyber space and civil-military cooperation:
“Cyber security has fast become an indivisible part of global affairs and cyber threats are very real, with possible lethal consequences. Just imagine the tragic consequences of a successful cyber-attack on a hospital or a nuclear power plant.
While cyber defence remains a core competence of the Member States, it is nevertheless true that due to the borderless nature of cyberspace, it is not possible to tackle the threats and challenges by any state alone. Because of that, the EU needs to strengthen its cyber defence capabilities by boosting cooperation between Member States, the EU and NATO.
In addition, we need to train more experts on cyber defence and organise joint exercises. The further development of a common understanding of international law applicable to cyberspace is also of great importance.”
The European Union will launch, within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an information-sharing platform for cyber incidents and cyber rapid response teams. The main goal is to create a European cyber rapid response team to detect and counter collective cyber threats in a coordinated way.