EU to boost cybersecurity defence with new proposals

With the threat of ransomware attacks on the rise, the EU is set to adapt its defence capabilities and foster international collaboration.


[Brussels, Belgium] The European Commission is looking to strengthen cybersecurity defence with a suite of new proposals.

In this year’s State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU is not ‘well-equipped’ in terms of cybersecurity, launching recommendations for new platforms that would support adaptation of defence capabilities.  

Figures from the European Commission suggest there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day last year.

Healthcare is becoming an increasing target for cyber attacks in Europe. This May, operations across the UK’s National Health Service were disrupted by the global WannaCry attack, leading to several reviews on cybersecurity that are expected to be published this autumn.

EU states to ‘tackle these challenges together’

The new recommendations by the Commission and the High Representative include the development of an European Cybersecurity Agency and a European certification scheme that would be used to assess which digital products and services can be safely used.  

Mariya Gabriel, Digital Economy and Society Commissioner, said: “We need to build on the trust of our citizens and businesses in the digital world, especially at a time when large-scale cyber-attacks are becoming more and more common.”

Further proposals include a new European Cybersecurity Research and Competence Centre, a shared blueprint to prepare states and further collaboration on an international level.

Andrus Ansip, Digital Single Market Vice-President, said: "No country can face cybersecurity challenges alone. Our initiatives strengthen cooperation so that EU countries can tackle these challenges together.”

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[UK] covers the implementation of technology across the UK’s health and care system for the British Journal of Healthcare Computing, with a particular interest in health policy and innovation.

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