07 February, 2013

Press release: EC proposal for a Directive on Network and Information Security: An important step towards a truly level playing field between all players

ETNO welcomes the proposal for an EU Directive on Network and Information Security adopted today as a major contribution to enhanced consumer trust and confidence in the digital era. The proposed Directive is part of a comprehensive EU Cybersecurity Strategy launched jointly by Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda; Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs; and, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

“Security is a key priority for ETNO members and is an important factor for consumers to embrace the Internet. ETNO welcomes this new Directive which recognises the importance of security throughout the entire value chain. ETNO strongly believes that the extension of security requirements to all Internet enablers is essential to create a level playing field and to ensure that all players offering services to EU citizens are subject to the same requirements”, says Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chairman.

ETNO members have always been committed to high levels of security and resilience which are essential for the delivery of quality services. As e-communications services and network providers are increasingly competiting with new players from outside the telecoms sector and often outside the EU, it is important that all actors of the ICT value chain, independently of their geographical location, offering the same services are subject to the same requirements, to avoid a competitive disadvantage for EU players and to guarantee a consistent consumer experience.

ETNO therefore welcomes the extension of the scope of the Directive to “Internet enablers”, e.g,. e-commerce platforms, Internet payments gateways, social networks or search engines. ETNO also supports the establishment of requirements applicable to actors in public and private sectors, by extending beyond the e-communications sector the obligations of the Directive, including minimum security requirements and reporting of security incidents.

ETNO looks forward to taking an active part in the forthcoming legislative debate on the proposed Directive with all relevant stakeholders.

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