In a lunch speech at APCO EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom gave a roadmap for EU actions in the near future concerning cyber safety and security. The text speaks for itself. But what is not mentioned, e.g on cooperation?
Beyond the EU roadmap
If one thing becomes clear the challenges ahead are tremendous as most of the topics mentioned are not in place, at best discussed, while others are still sort of unmentionable. E.G. Cross-border jurisdiction? One, online!, reporting centre for cyber crimes and incidents? Empowering EU bodies to coordinate on cyber crime and spam? States with no cyber, nor spam law or only in name? Cross-border cooperation at cyber speed? Public – private cooperation? Just to name a few. Who dares to take up these very necessary parts of the discussion? If the EU is not able to make a serious start on this, then what hope is there elsewhere? Every day lost is more gain and thus more power to the cyber criminal, buying himself into other criminal and non-criminal aspects of society.
Of course it is all one step at a time, but ignoring these topics means a significant loss of time. They have to come to the table and on agenda’s to discuss, while at the same time we work on the topics that already are. Where the economy is concerned it took a major crisis to start EU talks on more in-depth cooperation. What does it take in cyber crime before it does? Do we need to have a significant crisis first before initiatives are taken? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 10 February 2011