The EU braces itself for the increase in cyber attacks

Cyber ​​attacks have multiplied. Crimes caused by blackmail programs or data theft have become common, and industrial espionage is also becoming more technological.

To defend Europe, there have been several proposals such as the creation of a European digital shield and Emmanuel Macron believes that the data of European companies should remain on European servers. But is it really possible?

According to experts, this project could slow down in Europe where there are no technological giants such as Google or Alibaba as they would not comply with European competition regulations. The lack of such companies leaves Europe at the mercy of more aggressive countries such as China or the United States.

“In Europe we don’t have big companies like Google, Amazon or Facebook that allow us to use all these wonderful Internet services and at the moment we are using American companies, but it will change in the future. The question is how it is going to be dealt with at the European level “, says Miguel De Bruycker, director of the Belgian Cybersecurity Center.

Technology is advancing and legislators cannot keep up with it. But citizens also have their role, for example agreeing to give up your digital anonymity in exchange for increased security. The European Commission has set out to create a European Digital Identity, but it will be difficult to make it a reality.

“We should implement many more layers of security based on digital identity. If I want to visit a website with barbecue recipes, I don’t care if the owner is unknown. But if I want to leave my credit card or my personal information on this site web, I prefer a website where the owner has a certificate like an extended validation certificate “, believes De Bruycker.

The European Parliament is debating this week on the attacks that have been perpetrated against European institutions in recent months, such as that of the European Medicines Agency. Cybersecurity is also one of the priorities of the Slovenian presidency, but Brussels has been aware of the threats that come from the network for years. Since 2016.

“The EU has been developing a coherent policy, a policy that always goes in one direction, that is, to facilitate a joint direction to be able to prevent and respond to such attacks. How does the European Union do it? For example, by establishing a System of coordination of security centers in the matter of cyberattacks located in all the member states. In a few months we will approve for the first time a joint unit to deal with cyberattacks, details the MEP of the EPP, Pilar del Castillo.

This week in Strasbourg there will also be a debate on online abuse to try to reduce the intensity and impact of the Internet