Brussels, Oct 19 (MNN) The EU Council on Tuesday adopted conclusions inviting EU and member-states to further develop cybersecurity crisis management framework, including by exploring the potential of a joint cyber unit.
In its conclusions, the Council emphasises the need to consolidate existing networks and to establish a mapping of possible information sharing gaps and needs within and across cyber communities.
This should subsequently lead to an agreement on possible primary objectives and priorities of a potential joint cyber unit.
The joint cyber unit is proposed as a platform to bring together resources and expertise from different cyber communities in the EU and its member- states to effectively prevent, deter and respond to mass cyber incidents.
The Council has an instrumental role in policy-making and coordination regarding further development of an EU cybersecurity crisis management framework and will monitor the progress and provide guidance for complementing this framework.
The Council also stressed the need to establish adequate working methods and governance to allow for the participation of all member-states in the deliberations, development and effective decision-making processes.
A potential joint cyber unit will need to respect the competences, mandates and legal powers of its possible future participants and any participation by member-states will be voluntary.
The Council called for further reflection on individual elements of the recommendation on the joint cyber unit, including regarding the ideas of EU cybersecurity rapid reaction teams and an EU cybersecurity incident and crisis response plan.
On June 23, the European Commission recommended building the joint cyber unit to tackle rising serious cyber incidents impacting public services, businesses and citizens across the European Union.