In the conclusions Council highlights the five functions of the EU in the cyber domain:
- strengthen resilience and capacities to protect;
- enhance solidarity and comprehensive crisis management;
- promote the EU’s vision of cyberspace;
- enhance cooperation with partner countries and international organisations;
- prevent, defend against and respond to cyber-attacks.
Ministers, among other things, call upon the Commission to propose EU common cybersecurity requirements for connected devices and associated processes and services, invites relevant authorities such as the EU’s Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) to formulate recommendations in order to reinforce the resilience of communications networks and infrastructure within the EU and stresses the importance of establishing regular cyber exercises in order to test and develop the EU internal and external response to large-scale cyber incidents.
Cyberspace has become an arena for geopolitical competition and therefore the EU must be able to swiftly and forcefully respond to cyberattacks, such as state-sponsored malicious cyber activities targeting the EU and its Member States and make full use of all its instruments. Hostile actors need to be aware that cyberattacks against Member States and EU institutions will be detected early, identified promptly and met with all necessary tools and policies.
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