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A report by the JRC on cybersecurity


The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge hub, has recently issued a report on “Cybersecurity – our Digital anchor. A European perspective”. The report looks at the growth of cyber security over the last 40 years and identifies where the EU could improve in this field, for the benefit of businesses and citizens.

The report explains elements that could be used to shape a brighter and more secure future for Europe’s digital society, taking into account the new cyber security challenges triggered by the COVID-19 crisis. According to some projections, cyber crime will cost the world EUR 5.5 trillion by the end of 2020, up from EUR 2.7 trillion in 2015.

The report also addresses issues like:

  • Critical Infrastructures,
  • Magnitude of Impact,
  • Complexity and duration of attacks,
  • Computational power,
  • Societal aspects.

The report concludes by presenting a series of possible actions instrumental to building a European digital society secure by design.

Thierry Breton, the Commissioner for Internal Market, said: “Cybersecurity is not an isolated challenge; rather we should view it as a critical component of how we live our lives and do business online. Since it is also constantly changing to respond to new and evolving threats, it requires a holistic approach – increasing our cyber-resilience and working together on all levels, from citizens and companies to Member States. Europe has the expertise to lead in the field and this report again shows it.”

Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and responsible for the Joint Research Centre (JRC), said: “Securing our digital society is now more important than ever. These past months have shown how central the digital space is in our lives, with work, education and connecting with family and friends all happening online. This can also make us vulnerable to cyber threats. The report ‘Cybersecurity: our digital anchor’ presents a new, systemic approach to protect us from these threats – one in which education and digital skills are central and we should all be involved”.

To read the JRC news item, click here.

To read the full report, click here.

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