The EC has proposed a new EU cybersecurity unit to coordinate the bloc’s response to, and recovery from, large-scale cyberattacks.
The unit will bring together resources from across the 27 EU member states.
Under the proposal, the Joint Cyber Unit will be up and running by the end of June 2022 and fully established by June 2023.
The unit will target the prevention and response to mass cyber incidents.
It is set to have a physical base next to the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) in Brussels. The plan is to bring together best practice and knowledge-sharing, while collating real-time data on threats.
The unit will include members of ENISA, experts from individual member states and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.
“Cybersecurity communities, including civilian, law enforcement, diplomatic and cyber defence communities, as well as private sector partners, too often operate separately,” the EC said.
Vice-president of the EC Margaritis Schinas said Europe must pool its resources to protect businesses, governments and citizens from the increased and growing threat of global cyberattacks.
“The recent ransomware attacks should serve as a warning that we must protect ourselves against threats that could undermine our security,” he said.