The European Union (EU) is working on the creation of an agency that will be tasked with helping member States to prevent and adequately react to cyberattacks. The European Commission presented details of the proposal on Tuesday. The EU also plans to establish a certification system to guarantee the digital safety of goods and services.
In his state of the union address last week, Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker had noted that Europe was not adequately protected against cyberattacks. Some 4,000 such attacks per day were registered in 2016. Eighty percent of European companies have had at least one incident of that nature.
In just the last five years, the economic impact of cybercrime has been multiplied by five, according to the Commission.