On Monday, the European Parliament, Council and Commission came
to an agreement on the Network and Information Security
The NIS Directive is the first pan-European set of cyber
security rules and aims to ensure a high common level of cyber
security across Member States. Each Member State will be
required to designate a national competent authority to ensure
compliance with the new Directive and be responsible for handling
and responding to cyber security incidents. Key changes
introduced by the Directive are new security and notification
requirements for companies in certain sectors. This will
affect companies who operate "essential services" (e.g.
energy suppliers, banks and healthcare providers) and also
"digital service providers" (e.g. search engines, cloud
computing services, online marketplaces).
So what's next? The text will have to be formally
approved by the European Parliament and Council. Once
approved, the UK and other Member States will then have 21 months
to implement the Directive into national law.
For further details, please see the press release here.
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