19th January 2015

Unclear interpretation of Czech Cybersecurity Act

Some private-owned companies complain that the interpretation of Czech Cybersecurity Act and of related regulations and ordinances is unclear and that they are not sure if it applies to them as the implementation would be very costly especially for the small ones. This act is designed mainly for the central authorities, ministries and other parts of public administration including regional authorities but the crucial areas such as energy, water, food and transport are also covered by the Act. Also banks and insurance companies should verify whether they fall under the jurisdiction of the Cybersecurity Act. This Act came into force on 1st January 2015 and affected entities should act on its basis from 1st January 2016. The implementation timetable is according to the experts already very tight and implementation itself would cost the affected authorities significant amount of money not to mention the fact that they would often need the assistance of experts to implement it.

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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic