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(by Jiří Šedivý, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency) EU Member States have been working on Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) for many years. Both civilian and military CERTs were created in various formats, capacities and missions, and they are located in various parts of government structures….

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(by Army General (2S) Watin-Augouard, Founder of the FIC) On 30 July 2020, one year after their release, the Council of the European Union has implemented the framework decision and regulation passed on 17 May 2019 which sanctions through restrictive measures natural or legal persons, entities, or bodies responsible for successful or attempted cyber-attacks. These measures apply…

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(by Army General (2S) Watin-Augouard, Founder of the FIC) From tracking to tracing: one letter less seems to make a huge difference. In truth, the gap is wide open! On the one hand, geolocation tracking of people, with a profound invasion of privacy; on the other hand, the desire to reconcile freedom and health security,…

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(by Army General (2S) Watin-Augouard, Founder of the FIC) The French Council of State, in a decision of 27 March 2020, followed the European Court of Justice’s decision of September 2019 by ruling in favour of Google against the CNIL. The right to dereferencing –or “right to be forgotten”– is one of the consequences of the CJEU ruling of…

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In his first address at the high level opening of the UN General Assembly in 2017, Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted escalating cybersecurity threats as a leading threat to international security. In addition to the threat of cyberwar, cyberattacks have resulted in the closure of hospitals, have taken electrical grids offline, brought major cities to a standstill, and even affected the integrity…

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