06 Dec, 2023

Cyber Resilience Act sets new cybersecurity standards

Last week, European legislators reached an inter-institutional agreement on the Cyber Resilience Act, a legislative file led by Renew Europe Vice-President Nicola Danti MEP (Italia Viva, IT) as rapporteur.

With the Act, Renew Europe continues to lead the digitalisation of the EU single market and setting new international points of reference on cybersecurity.

“The Cyber Resilience Act will strengthen the cybersecurity of connected products, tackling vulnerabilities in hardware and software alike, making the EU a safer and more resilient continent. The Parliament has protected supply chains ensuring that key products such as routers and antiviruses are identified as priority for cybersecurity,” said Vice-President Danti.

“We have ensured support for micro and small enterprises and better involvement of stakeholders and addressed the concerns of the open-source community, while keeping an ambitious European dimension. Only together will we be able to tackle successfully the cybersecurity emergency that awaits us in the coming years.”

The Cyber Resilience Act covers all products with digital elements that either are directly or indirectly connected to other devices or networks, making it mandatory for them to meet EU-wide cybersecurity requirements.

During the negotiations, Renew Europe secured a more proportionate approach for open-source developers, ambitious but realistic obligations on manufacturers on the support period, a European approach to vulnerability reporting and to market surveillance, and support measures for micro and SMEs.

"Cyber security needs to be a top priority throughout Europe. The Russian aggression against Ukraine has emphasised the urgent need to reinforce our defences and improve the detection and sharing of potential threats,” said Renew Europe Vice-President Morten Løkkegaard MEP (Venstre, DK), rapporteur for the European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

“This legislation is a necessary step to ensure stronger protection of our citizens and businesses. I am pleased that we managed to secure more flexibility for manufacturers, compared to the initial proposal, while still strengthening the security level. Additionally, we ensure future innovation with special considerations for specific open-source projects and realistic demands for manufacturers."

Photo: Nicola Danti / Twitter

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