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Industry group proposes EU cybersecurity recommendations

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 26, 2016 at 11:24 AM
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LILLE, France, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A European industry group proposed cybersecurity policy recommendations for the European Union during the International Cybersecurity Forum.

The European Cybersecurity Industry Leaders, or ECIL, is comprised of a number of cybersecurity and defense contractors, including Thales Group, Atos, Airbus Group, Deutsche Tekekom, Ericcson, Infineon and others. The group was created to draft a report to the European Commission recommending increased consolidation and integration of the union's cybersecurity assets.

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The ECIL's recommendations include the establishment of voluntary certification processes for manufacturers, solutions and services, allowing corporations and consumers to identify secure providers.

Additionally, the report recommends a level international playing field for cybersecurity and privacy standards, with all Information & Communication Technology players adhering to equal data confidentiality and security requirements, with the goal of achieving a secure European Digital Single Market.

Other recommendations include the creation of a Europe-wide Information Sharing and Analysis Centers to encourage security information exchanges between European Union member states, the implementation of data encryption solutions, and the adoption of a "Secure-by-design" approach to make cybersecurity integration a mandatory requirement for information systems.

The ECIL also recommends establishing "cybersecurity leaders" by allowing market consolidation that allows competitive companies to scale up faster.

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