In a June 22nd draft, the EU proposed a cybercrime rapid response unit. Members will share related information on a need-to-know basis to provide a safe digital society and economy.
Rising Incidents of Cyber Incidents
That constant attacks have heavily impacted citizens, organizations as well as public service bodies across the region. Criminals hijack systems, encrypt data, then demand ransom which industry players predict will cost the globe $6 trillion by the end of 2021.
Therefore, it’s become vital to form a commission of experts that can tackle the issue.
The EU plans to have the Joint Cyber Unit operational by June 2022 and fully established by 30th June 2023. It will bring together resources and technical know-how available in the European Commission and member states to help manage the crisis.
The venture will build on 2017’s blueprint, and members will collaborate virtually and in physical offices. It will create the necessary protocol to not only pursue perpetrators but also warn of impending attacks.
The EU Agency for Cybercrime has welcomed the plans and will serve as the secretariat during the preparation period. It will create situational awareness and coordinate incident response for crisis preparedness.
No Intention to Compete
EU Internal Market’s commissioner, Thierry Breton, has stated that the task force will not try to outshine the existing cybercrime organizations. Instead, he stressed that its sole purpose is for teamwork regarding technical and operational assistance.
He cited the Ireland attack, which could not have gotten to the scale it did, had a rapid response unit handled it. He went on to say that a quick deployment is vital to avert such situations which worsen with time.
Businesses, individuals, and government institutions worried about the rising cyberattack rates can use antivirus software for protection.