Cybersecurity is – and has been for some time – a priority matter for
business and political leaders around the world. As cyber threats also
impact on individuals’ many everyday digital transactions and interactions,
cybersecurity is a prime concern for citizens too.
Discussions are beginning this year to revise the EU’s 2013 cybersecurity
strategy. This Scientific Opinion of the SAM HLG on cybersecurity,
responding to a January 2016 request from the European Commission’s
Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, is particularly
timely to inform this process.
The amount of academic, expert practitioner and stakeholder literature on
cybersecurity as well as in specialised and general published media is vast,
revealing the intricate and multidisciplinary nature of the field. It is also
clear from the literature that for scientific advice on cybersecurity policy to
take account of the field’s inherent complexities and fast-evolving
challenges, it requires scientific expert views, analysis and evidence beyond
that delivered by empirical work to date.
The specificity of this SAM HLG Scientific Opinion on cybersecurity
compared to other reputable independent reports in the field, is that it
presents a European view on cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market
directed towards EU-level policy makers. Its ten recommendations aim to
inform a revised cybersecurity policy which enables a strong and growing
Digital Single Market where security, innovation, citizen participation and
informed choice go hand in hand with protecting fundamental rights and
Source: European Commission