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Europe promises to firm up cyber standards

Ian Wishart

Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30

The agreement comes as US lawmakers intensify their push to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted communications after recent terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters
The agreement comes as US lawmakers intensify their push to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted communications after recent terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters

The European Union moved to step up cybersecurity across its 28 member states by agreeing to new rules obliging businesses to strengthen defences and forcing companies such as Google and Amazon to report attacks.

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The proposed law would mandate all EU countries to share more intelligence and would require search engines, online cloud services and internet retail sites, to ensure infrastructure is secure, the European Parliament said.

"Critical operators" in industries including energy, transport, health and banking, "will have to fulfill security measures and notify significant cyber incidents," Andreas Schwab, the lead lawmaker on the draft legislation, said. The new law - requiring approval by the European Parliament and representatives of each nation - would comprise the "first ever EU-wide cybersecurity rules".

The agreement comes as US lawmakers intensify their push to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted communications after recent terrorist attacks. (Bloomberg)

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