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lunes, 25 de julio de 2016

Policy development and the contradiction to establishing an internal digital market

The very reason for starting to write these editor’s notes last year was no other than to briefly introduce  -in fact, very briefly-  the news that make up this newsletter’s weekly issue. Nonetheless, in general, less attention is usually payed to other sections of the publication  -i.e.; “Documents”, “Events”, “Quotes & Thoughts”, …-.  This said, let me make an exception today. I mean that the truly relevant subject in this week’s edition is not under the “News” label, but within our selected readings: the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) has finally included the so much time awaited “DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/1148 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union”.

The definitive adoption of the European NIS security Directive is supposed to bring an improvement in the functioning of the internal market. A market within which a majority of players are small to medium businesses  -many of them industrial players willing to find the Holy Grail of Industry 4.0-  which are being a favorite target for hackers and other adversaries. To prevent these SMBs and other operators   -chemical and space have their room here today, too-  from being compromised, the EU obliges all Member States to adopt their own cyber strategies, too. But, given that such strategies are going to be national, one could ask: “To what point does it still make sense to keep developing national strategies in cyberspace, being it a borderless one?”. Moreover, “Does it make sense, nowadays, to keep talking about a European internal single market in the digital space?”.

While politicians try to clear out these (and other) challenges, let’s keep thinking on how to solve more pragmatic issues like the ones derived from the deployment of long-range networks or the IT-zation of current Operational Technology.

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