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Eu cybersecurity: the commission proposes the creation of a computer unit to enhance joint response to incidents of large-scale security

24 june 2021

The European Commission has issued recommendation 'building a Joint Cyber Unit (JCU)', in order to prevent, deter and respond effectively to the growing number of serious ciberincidentes.

The European Commission has issued the Recommendation 'building a Joint Cyber Unit (JCU)' with the goal of building a new joint computer unit to address the growing number of serious ciberincidentes affecting public services and life of businesses and citizens throughout the european Union. Most advanced and coordinated responses in the area of cyber security, as the cyber attacks are increasing in number, scale and consequences, which seriously affects our security. All interested parties in the eu to be ready to respond collectively and exchanging relevant information on the basis of the 'need to communicate', and not just 'need to know'.

The JCU aims to marshal resources and experience available to the eu and its member states to prevent, deter and respond effectively in and massive ciberincidentes cibercrisis . The parties concerned in security, including those of the civilian world, police, diplomatic and cyber defence capabilities, and the private sector partners often work too often separately. Together with the JCU, will have a physical and virtual platform of cooperation: institutions, Relevant organs and agencies of the eu, in collaboration with member states, gradually create a european platform of solidarity and assistance to counter cyber-attacks on a large scale.

The recommendation on the establishment of the JCU is an important step towards the completion of the european framework for crisis management and security. This is a concrete result of the Cyber security strategy of the eu (Opens in new window) and The european union strategy of the Security Council (Opens in new window) contributing to an economy and a secure digital society.

The JCU will operate as a platform designed to assure a coordinated response from the eu cibercrisis ciberincidentes and large-scale , and to offer assistance to recover from such attacks. The eu and member states are currently many stakeholders in different areas and sectors. Although areas may be specific, threats are often common, it is necessary coordinated, share knowledge and even launch alerts in advance .

Participants will be asked to provide operational resources for mutual assistance within the JCU. The joint computer unit will enable them to share best practices and information in real time, the threats that may arise in their respective areas Also. work at technical and operational level to implement the plan of the eu of incident response and cyber security crisis, based on national plans; create and mobilize rapid reaction teams in terms of cyber security of the eu; facilitate the adoption of protocols on mutual assistance among participants; create national capacities and international surveillance and detection centres, such as security operations; and will have other activities.

The ecosystem of cybersecurity in the eu is extensive and varied and, thanks to the JCU, now, there will be an common area of collaboration between different groups and areas, which will allow existing networks to realize its full potential. It is based on the work started in 2017 with the recommendation on a coordinated response to incidents, the so-called crisis master plan (Opens in new window) .

The Commission proposed to establish the JCU through a gradual process and transparent with four stages, in common with the member states and entities with activities in this area. The goal is to ensure that this unit would be operational by 30 june 2002 and is completely created a year later, by 30 june 2023. The European union agency for cyber security (ENISA) acts as secretariat in the preparatory phase and the unit will work near its offices in Brussels and the office of the CERT-UE, the Computer Emergency Response to the institutions, bodies and agencies of the eu.

The commission will provide the necessary investments for the creation of a computer unit, primarily under the Digital Europe programme (Opens in new window) . The funds will be used to create the physical and virtual platform, creating and maintaining channels of communication, and to improve detection capabilities. European forum for the defence could contribute, particularly for building the capacities of cyber defence capabilities of member states.

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