The European Commission has announced plans to form a “Joint Cyber Unit” to fight cyber attacks. It is an action plan for countries affected by cyber attacks, which will quickly receive help from the EU and the governments of European countries. The new working group will be responsible for quick responses to cyber attacks and the fight against hackers in real time, according to the draft, which saw Politico.
The initiative also calls for the establishment of a platform for high-tech crime police, military services, diplomats and cybersecurity companies, to share resources and coordinate responses. The initiative also plans regular threat reports, development and testing of crisis response strategies and information exchange partnerships between governments and private cyber security companies.
The initiative comes at a time when cyber attacks are hitting the continent, raising fears that Europe may not be able to defend itself from attackers. The attack on the American oil pipeline, which happened last month, is a nightmare scenario for which the EU must prepare, said the vice president of the European Commission, Margaritis Shinas. Criminal group DarkSide she attacked with a ransomware last month Colonial Pipeline, the company that manages the largest oil pipeline in the United States, which is caused panic purchases and fuel shortages on the U.S. East Coast. The US government then formed a working group for ransomware.
The number of cyber incidents in Europe has increased from 432 in 2019 to 756 in 2020. Therefore, the EU needs to find a solution that will help countries fight increasingly complex and daring attacks by pooling the capacity of national governments to defend against cyber attacks. .
Governments have been forced to take this path due to cyber attacks on important institutions such as the European Medicines Agency, hospitals in Ireland and France, as well as cyber espionage by several government officials.
The idea of a joint cyber unit was first presented in 2019. The new agency aims to stop cyber attacks that would threaten European Union institutions, national ministries, agencies and European companies. Since the EU has no sovereignty over national security, it took more time to finalize the plan.
As part of the EU’s defense co-operation program, several EU countries have already formed joint cyber response teams. Cyber security agencies have cooperated in securing elections and 5G infrastructure, and cybercrime police from across Europe are cooperating at the European Cybercrime Center.
According to the plan, the new unit will be fully operational by June 2022, and the European cybersecurity industry will be included in its activities by the end of the first half of 2023.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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