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Security Directive improves infrastructure protection.

Protecting Europe’s Critical Infrastructure

October 2016, Number 07.04

“This article is based on a paper I wrote trying to identify the effects of a European Union legislative proposal. I am an engineer, not a lawyer with any affiliation to EU legislation, so this may have been a bold undertaking. But nourishing discussions sometimes require a little boldness.

In December 2015, the European Parliament and the European Council made the first proposal for an agreement on the first EU-wide legislation on cyber security and finally released it in July 2016. This Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive could lay the foundation for a future framework of cooperation and multilateral regulation within Europe regarding information and communications technology (ICT). The new legislation requires every country to establish a national NIS strategy. It also postulates the formation of a “Cooperation Group” to foster trust and the exchange of information among participating nations, as well as best practices and the creation of a network of national Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) to improve coordinated incident response...”

Excerpt from Benedikt Hopfner, “Protecting Europe’s Critical Infrastructure,”per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 4, 2016: 58-63.

Benedikt Hopfner is a graduate of the Master of Arts Program in International Security Studies at the Marshall Center, with a concentration on cyber security. Prior to this, he was a German Air Force officer and worked for more than five years as a development and test engineer on military projects. He holds a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of the Armed Forces in Munich.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.