In his first State of the Union speech, following the “divorce” with the UK, Commission President Jean-Claude Junker set five European priorities for 2018, all aiming further integration within the European project into areas where London applied more resistance.
One of the five priorities is the protection of the Digital Europe, which includes the creation of a European Agency for Cyber security.
This signal of political recognition at the highest level that cyber security is today strategically as important as traditional military defense is also the realization of the vulnerability of the European space to possible threats from other external powers.
“We need to better protect Europeans in the digital age. In the last three years, we have made some progress in keeping Europeans safe online. The new rules, to be implemented in the future by the Commission, will protect our intellectual property, cultural diversity and our personal data. We entered in a war against terrorist propaganda and online radicalization. However, Europe is still not well equipped with regard to cyber attacks, “said Jean-Claude Junker.
“Cyber attacks could endanger the stability of democracies and the economy more than weapons or tanks. Last year alone, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day occurred and 80% of European companies experienced at least one Cyber attack incident. Cyber attacks have no borders and no one is immune. That is why today the Commission proposes new tools, including a European Cyber security Agency, to help us defend against such attacks, “he added.