Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market

March 25, 2017

Cybersecurity is – and has been for some time – a priority matter for business and political leaders around the world. As cyber threats also impact on individuals' many everyday digital transactions and interactions, cybersecurity is a prime concern for citizens too.

Discussions are beginning this year to revise the EU's 2013 cybersecurity strategy. This Scientific Opinion of the SAM HLG on cybersecurity, responding to a January 2016 request from the European Commission’s Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, is particularly timely to inform this process.

The amount of academic, expert practitioner and stakeholder literature on cybersecurity as well as in specialised and general published media is vast,
revealing the intricate and multidisciplinary nature of the field. It is also clear from the literature that for scientific advice on cybersecurity policy to take account of the field's inherent complexities and fast-evolving challenges, it requires scientific expert views, analysis and evidence beyond that delivered by empirical work to date.

The specificity of this SAM HLG Scientific Opinion on cybersecurity compared to other reputable independent reports in the field, is that it presents a European view on cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market directed towards EU-level policy makers. Its ten recommendations aim to inform a revised cybersecurity policy which enables a strong and growing Digital Single Market where security, innovation, citizen participation and informed choice go hand in hand with protecting fundamental rights and European values.

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