Written Question: The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 31 May 2021

Question for oral answer O-000037/2021

to the Commission

Rule 136

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi

on behalf of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Subject: The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade

Digitalisation – a key priority of the EU – depends on cybersecurity. The COVID‑19 crisis is just exacerbating it. We welcome the initiatives announced in the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade, but also note the evolution in the nature and sophistication of cyberthreats, the risk of fragmented regulation and the opportunity to strengthen our industry. We would therefore welcome concrete answers from the Commission to the following questions:

1. How and when does it intend to draw up a regulatory framework for ensuring that connected products and associated services, including supply chains, are secure-by-design, resilient to cyber incidents and can be quickly patched when vulnerabilities are discovered? Does the Commission plan to tackle the need to introduce cybersecurity requirements for applications, software, embedded software and operating systems?

2. What concrete steps will the Commission take to strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy in cybersecurity, namely by reducing its technological dependence and skills gap? How is the Commission planning to ensure that EU funds are spent in a synergetic way to achieve these goals?

3. What actions will the Commission take in order to improve the cybersecurity of the core of the internet while keeping it free, open and neutral?

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