A new Cyber Security Strategy by the High Representative Catherine Ashton and the European Commission is the first comprehensive policy document that the European Union has produced in this area. It comprises internal market, justice and home affairs and Foreign Policy angles of cyberspace issues.
The Strategy is accompanied by the technical legislative proposal by the European Commission's Directorate General Connect to strengthen the security of information systems in the EU. This will encourage economic growth as people's confidence in buying things online and using the Internet will be strengthened.
The Strategy is offering clear priorities for the EU international cyberspace policy:
- Freedom and openness: The strategy will outline the vision and principles on applying the EU core values and fundamental rights in cyberspace.
- The laws, norms and EU's core values apply as much in the cyberspace as in the physical world: The responsibility for a more secure cyberspace lies with all players of the global information society, from citizens to governments.
- Developing cyber security capacity building: The EU will engage with international partners and organisations, the private sector and civil society to support global capacity building in third countries. It will include improving access to information and to an open Internet, and preventing cyber threats.
- Fostering international cooperation in cyberspace issues: To preserve open, free and secure cyberspace is a global challenge, which the EU will address together with the relevant international partners and organisations, the private sector and civil society.
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