Building a Cybersecurity Digital Service Infrastructure

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Building a Cybersecurity Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) and increasing national cybersecurity capabilities

How cybersecurity is funded in the European Union

Executive Summary

What is Cybersecurity in the EU about?

Cybersecurity refers to the safeguards and activities to protect cyberspace from threats that may harm its interdependent networks and information infrastructure, to preserve the availability and integrity of the networks and infrastructure, as well as the confidentiality and availability of its information. This is a challenge shared by all Member States of the European Union (EU).

The need for enhanced cybersecurity cooperation

A cooperation mechanism between cybersecurity stakeholders is essential to enable them to provide adequate levels of cybersecurity in the EU. Various actors have differing roles in cybersecurity cooperation. Such actors include the European Commission, regulators, industry and national and governmental (n/g) Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).

Amongst them, n/g CSIRTs are playing a key role in enhancing the cooperation by addressing cybersecurity incidents on a Member State and EU level.

However, many CSIRTs lack resources, have insufficient supporting infrastructure and tools, have differences in maturity levels and are confronted with the challenges of sharing information that is potentially confidential and/or personal. As a result, the potential EU-wide cooperation has not reached its fullest potential yet. Cybersecurity stakeholders indicate that funding of national and EU-wide capabilities would be one of the key challenges to be addressed.

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