21st July 2017

Cybersecurity: MEPs back rules to help vital services resist online threats

Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs.

The EU network and information security (NIS) directive "is also one of the first legislative frameworks that applies to platforms. In line with the Digital Single Market strategy, it establishes harmonised requirements for platforms and ensures that they can expect similar rules wherever they operate in the EU," said Parliament's rapporteur Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE).

The NIS directive will soon be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force on the twentieth day after publication. Member states will then have 21 months to transpose the directive into their national laws and six additional months to identify operators of essential services.

Read the press release.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic