13 September, 2017

ETNO welcomes the new EU cybersecurity strategy

ETNO has today welcomed the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy


Brussels, 13 September 2017 – ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading providers of digital networks and services, welcomes the revamp of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy and related initiatives, which were announced today by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech.

As Europe accelerates innovation in smart, connected products such as autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things, a resilient cyberspace is essential to ensure consumer trust and to embrace the Industry 4.0 opportunity.

A comprehensive Strategy to build trust and resilience

All actors throughout the value chain should be cyber-ready, therefore ETNO commends the breadth of the measures in today’s Package. These span from R&D and funding opportunities, to training programmes and diplomatic instruments in an effort to empower all potential targets with adequate tools to respond to cyber threats.  We particularly applaud the decision to renew ENISA’s mandate, putting the Agency in the driver’s seat of building the EU’s cyber preparedness.  We also look forward to guidance to support the implementation of the NIS Directive, since industry is investing enormous resources to prepare for fully complying with the new rules as of next year.

Future-proof solutions for a cyber-safe Europe

Fostering a digital single market for cybersecurity in the EU is another laudable ambition of the Strategy. We recognize that voluntary certifications and labels could benefit consumers’ trust in connected devices and online services and we recommend that these schemes provide for enough flexibility to adapt to the fast-evolving cyber threat landscape.


Lise Fuhr, ETNO Director-General commented: “The EU needs a strong approach to cybersecurity. President Juncker now made this a top political priority. Resolute policies will contribute to a resilient 5G and IoT future”.

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