European Parliament Adopts Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems

Hunton & Williams writes:

On July 6, 2016, the European Parliament adopted the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the “NIS Directive”), which will come into force in August 2016. EU Member States will have 21 months to transpose the NIS Directive into their national laws. The NIS Directive is part of the European Commission’s cybersecurity strategy for the European Union, and is designed to increase cooperation between EU Member States on cybersecurity issues.

The objective of the NIS Directive is to set a common level of security for networks and information systems throughout the European Union. To achieve this objective, EU Member States must:

  • adopt a national strategy on the security of the network and information systems;
  • designate a competent authority to monitor the implementation of the NIS Directive; and
  • designate one or more Computer Security Incident Response Team(s).

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