Cybersecurity has become a priority for the European Commission, fully embedded in the Digital Single Market strategy launched by President Juncker. Digital is a driver for growth, and the digitisation of society and businesses is fully under way. Consequently, our interconnected infrastructures and systems are also more vulnerable.
The Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union, the NIS Directive and the European Agenda on Security provide the overall strategic framework for the EU initiatives on cybersecurity and cybercrime. The European Commission is also examining how to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation across different sectors of the economy and ways to develop civil-military synergies. A key tool in this area is the contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on cybersecurity established in July 2016.
Recent studies estimate that digitisation of products and services can add more than €110 billion of annual revenue in Europe in the next five years. New-generation information technologies such as Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data and data analytics, robotics and 3D printing will change the way industries work and produce. However, industries will also have to direct important financial resources to protecting their businesses and sectors.
For all these reasons, industry must work hand in hand with the European Institutions to strengthen the sector and access new markets, but also better protect its companies and critical infrastructures against cyber-attacks.
In particular, in the aviation sector, cyber security plays a crucial role given the strong network dependence of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. To effectively address this topic, ASD has created a Task Force on Civil Aviation Cybersecurity.
In the broader cybersecurity field, ASD focus is to:
- develop the recent contractual Public-Private-Partnership (cPPP);
- assess the impact of strengthened legislation on industry;
- support the funding of R&D and business opportunities.