Have your say on how to strengthen the European cybersecurity industry through a public-private partnership

Today the Commission launches a public consultation on how to best set up a partnership between public authorities and private actors to strengthen European cybersecurity capacities. Such a partnership would include a wide range of actors, from innovative SMEs and national security agencies to producers of components and equipment, critical infrastructure operators and research institutes. Along with other potential policy measures, this initiative would help the European cybersecurity industry to develop and address today’s challenges. It builds on last week’s political agreement on the first EU-wide cybersecurity rules (press release), and is a core element of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. When established, the public-private partnership (PPP) would pool industrial and public resources to improve Europe’s industrial policy on cybersecurity and build trust between Member States and industrial players. This consultation runs until 11 March 2016 and seeks views on cybersecurity risks and threats that people and businesses in Europe are facing, cybersecurity market conditions, potential technical priorities for the PPP on research and innovation and other possible supporting measures for the industry. More information can be found here and an overview of EU initiatives related to cybersecurity can be found here.