On November 10th, in response to the growing threat and number of cyberattacks, the European Union announced its Cyber Defence Policy.
The policy is said to "enhance cooperation and investments in cyber defence to better protect, detect, deter, and defend against a growing number of cyber-attacks."
"Cyberspace has no borders." the bloc continues.
"Recent cyber-attacks on energy networks, transport infrastructure and space assets show the risks that they pose to both civilian and military actors."
Four pillars of action are stated in the policy.
Act together for a stronger EU cyber defence
Secure the EU defence ecosystem
Invest in cyber defence capabilities
Partner to address common challenges
Through these themes, the EU hopes to secure critical infrastructure, public and private data, and free and open access to the internet for its citizens in an increasingly contested cyberspace.
The Russia-Ukraine War has, of course, played a very real part in the development of this policy.
NATO countries have already been providing Ukraine with military assistance in fending off cyberattacks.
With this policy, the EU is reinforcing its commitment to a collaborative effort to defend information assets within its own territory.
With the first malware-attributed death confirmed recently in Germany, and the rate of cyberattacks only ever increasing, the risk of catastrophic infrastructure damage, disrupted financial systems, and loss of life is becoming more and more likely.
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