European Commission Announces New Cybersecurity Act

European CommissionA new ‘Cybersecurity Act’ was announced by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his annual State of the European Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on 13 September. The proposal for legislation will define a new role and responsibilities for ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, including on developing skills for cyber security.

The proposal follows a positive review of the work of the agency, and aims to build the EU’s capacity and resilience in the area of cyber security, while supporting the goals of the wide-reaching Digital Single Market Strategy. In the area of digital skills, the proposal specifically notes a role for the refreshed agency in capacity building to help organisations and individuals build necessary cyber security competences. Other elements of the proposal include a permanent mandate for the agency, replacing its current fixed mandate, and roles in protecting against and responding to cyber security incidents in Europe. The agency would also help share expertise between member states and key actors.

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