EU Coordinated Response to Large-Scale Cybersecurity Incidents and Crises

The Council of the European Union
Short Summary
Given the potential wide-ranging impact of cyber incidents and crises, the European Commission in 2017 adopted a set of complementary documents that form a Union cooperation framework in case of large-scale cybersecurity incidents and crises.

The so-called Blueprint describes the objectives and modes of cooperation between the Member States and EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and how existing crisis-management mechanisms can make full use of the existing cybersecurity entities at the EU level. As cybersecurity incidents can be isolated or part of a broader crisis impacting several sectors, any appropriate response must be able to rely on both cyber and non-cyber mitigation measures.

In these Council Conclusions on EU coordinated response to large-scale cybersecurity incidents and crises, adopted in June 2018, the Council identifies several areas, namely:

  • preparedness and crisis prevention;
  • increasing situational awareness;
  • ensuring an effective response; streamlining the public communication;
  • building on the lessons learned and post incident analysis;
  • developing a European Cybersecurity Crisis Cooperation Framework.

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