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Already in 2010 the Economist recognised cyber space as the 5th domain of international warfare, in addition to the four traditional war domains — land, sea, air and space. Compared to earlier times when the scope of war strategies was restricted by borders, cyberspace wars transcend borders into the virtual world. The effects of such attacks may lead to horrific consequences and cause irreparable harm to the state.
The World Economic Forum predicts 10% chance of a major infrastructure breakdown in the near future, which may cause damage to global economy amounting to $250 billion. Hence, national governments elaborate their own cyber security strategies so to protect their information networks and premises and to lower the likelihood of cyber threat.
European Commission elaborates the new legislation aimed at strengthening the protection of network information systems. 5 June 2013 at the Thon Hotel EU, in Brussels, European Voice held a conference to discuss the EU proposals on network and information security.
Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda emphasizes 5 main strengths to EU cyber security strategy:
- High level of cyber resilience: awareness of risks and threats and readiness to respond cyber accidents on EU and national level;
- Drastic reduce of cyber crime;
- Adopting EU cyber defence policy;
- Stimulating EU market for secure ICT: invest in research and development;
- Elaborating EU international cyber space policy.
"The challenge is not about what we do or do not do, the challenge is how much can we do trying to prevent the next crisis." Thibaut Kleiner, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda