MEPs have called for calling for beefed-up EU security against cyber threats in a resolution on the bloc’s Cyber Security Strategy, known as EUCSS, for the digital decade.
“This parliament is working on the best cybersecurity legislation this continent has ever seen thus far,” Renew Europe MEP Bart Groothuis said.
The document stresses the need to tackle evolving hybrid threats by non-state actors that are becoming increasingly sophisticated and numerous.
“Cybersecurity is one of the major challenges we are currently facing in security policy,” Green MEP Rasmus Anderson said in the European Parliament debate on the resolution last week.
MEP’s also emphasised the need to address the geopolitical dimensions of cyber threats.
“The political conclusion must be that ransomware is not just a technical problem, […] it is also a foreign policy problem,” Groothuis stressed and added that “we have to hold Russia accountable for offering save havens to ransomware criminals.”
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been particularly exposed during the COVID–19 pandemic, as teleworking and social distance have increased the dependency on digital technologies and connectivity.
“The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards digitalization,” EEP MEP Seán Kelly said, added that “this comes with a significant rise in cybercrime, as criminals take advantage of the massive shift towards remote work.”
Lawmakers also called on the European Commission to introduce cybersecurity requirements for various software and stressed that the continued use of outdated software represents a major security risk that should be addressed in the proposal.