December 15, 2015

15 December 2015

Agreement has been reached on the first EU-wide cybersecurity legislation

In 2013, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a Network and Information Security Directive (the “NIS Directive”) as part of the EU’s Cyber Security Strategy. The European Parliament and Council of Ministers recently reached political agreement on the NIS Directive on 7 December 2015, which includes data breach notification obligations.

According to the Commission’s press release published on 8 December 2015, the NIS Directive will improve the cybersecurity capabilities of and cooperation between EU Member States. The Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society further explained that this improved cooperation will assist the EU in its fight against increasing numbers of cyber attacks, commenting that “cybersecurity is essential in today’s European digital economy and society – and it remains a permanent challenge.


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