Parliament calls for beefed-up EU security against cyber threats

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In a resolution adopted on Thursday MEPs called for imposing tighter EU cybersecurity standards for connected devices, apps and operating systems, the EP press service reported. According to Parliament, connected products and associated services, including supply chains, should be made secure-by-design, resilient to cyber incidents, and quickly patched if vulnerabilities are discovered.

MEPs welcomed the Commission’s plans to propose horizontal legislation on cybersecurity requirements for connected products and associated services, but also want it to attempt to harmonise national laws in order to avoid the fragmentation of the Single Market. The text also demands legislation imposing cybersecurity requirements for apps, software, embedded software and operating systems by 2023.

According to MEPs, hybrid threats, i.e. methods or activities used by hostile state or non-state actors to target democratic states and institutions, are increasing and are becoming more sophisticated. This includes the use of disinformation campaigns and cyberattacks on infrastructure, economic processes and democratic institutions. They fear the impact on elections, legislative procedures, law enforcement and justice.

Moreover, the Covid-19 crisis has again exposed the cyber vulnerabilities of some critical sectors, in particular healthcare, while teleworking and social distance has increased our dependency on digital technologies and connectivity. MEPs note the recent series of cyberattacks on healthcare systems such as in Ireland, Finland and France, which cause significant damage to healthcare systems and patient care, they said.

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