Co-ordinated Response to Large Scale Cyber Incident: The Blueprint

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a. Political Challenges
In the wake of the Wannacry and NotPetya attacks, the package of measures adopted in September 2017 also included a Commission Recommendation on a coordinated response to largescale cybersecurity incidents and crises (‘Blueprint’)1. The Blueprint applies to
cybersecurity incidents which cause disruption too extensive for a concerned Member State to handle on its own or which affect two or more Member States or EU institutions with such a wide-ranging and significant impact of technical or political significance that they require timely policy coordination and response at Union political level.

Its objective is to ensure that Member States and EU institutions can improve their situational awareness, respond effectively and provide consistent public communications using the existing Crisis Response Frameworks on a layered basis, namely at technical,  operational and strategic levels. There is a need for a more coordinated approach to crisis response so that Member States promptly share relevant critical information with each other and also alignment and consistency of messages to the public takes place resulting in containment of the damaging impacts of cyber attacks.

b. Open files
In the context of NIS Cooperation group under the NIS Directive, Member States are engaged in improving the crisis response framework. A “Cybersecurity Incident Taxonomy” has been developed that describes the cause, impact and outlook of cybersecurity incidents providing all relevant actors with commonly agreed terms and definitions to support their decisions in the context of crisis management. Further work is underway to structure and document cooperation procedures amongst Member States. Spain is leading on the development of procedures for operational level co-operation, while France is to host an exercise for testing the Blueprint.

The Commission is involved in the relevant work of the NIS Co-operation Group. Its role is to encourage Member States to implement the 2017 Recommendation while highlighting the role of exercises in enhancing and streamlining the established crisis response procedures and processes.

c. New Ideas
The Blueprint plays a role with the NIS Directive notably in regard to the CSIRTs Network, which aims to realise swift and effective operational co-operation at technical level. The emerging MeliCERTes facility gives national CSIRTs concrete means to share information
and to cooperate in the EU wide fight against cyber attacks and cyber threats. This suite of tools can be used in exercises to assess the effectiveness of the crisis response framework at technical level.

News

Electronic communication networks and interconnected digital services have become ubiquitous as they have permeated every fold of everyday life. At a time when automated profiling and electronic surveillance have become commodities, citizens and businesses alike may face limitations and threats when they have personal data processed or seek to protect their privacy on the internet or when using general communication services. Limitations in the transparency, the functionality and interconnectivity of online and communication services increases the risk of having personal data processed out of control of any accountable person or organization or simply becoming exposed to all sorts of privacy threats.

Future Events

The CYBERSEC2019 will be held on 29-30 October 2019 in Katowice, Poland. This is a public policy conference dedicated to strategic security aspects of the global technology revolution and a thriving inter-national community that combines the knowledge and experience of experts and professionals.

29/10/2019 to 30/10/2019

Cyber Security Summit is the UK’s largest one-day event dedicated to cross-sector learning for cyber preparedness across government, the public sector, critical national infrastructure and industry. Connecting 2,000 senior-level business, security, technology and data leaders – this event provides a unique platform to debate national leadership priorities and share best practice solutions to achieve cyber resilience in a fast-moving digital world.

20/11/2019