The EU has put a significant amount of emphasis on cyber and data security in recent years. Perhaps the most prominent recent example is the soon-to-be-implemented General Data Protection Regulation. This is one EU cyber security regulation that the UK will be holding on to even after Brexit, but what else has the EU done for our cyber security and what could we potentially miss out on after Brexit?


Recent Developments In EU Cyber Security


The European Commission understands how vital cyber security is to the lives of all EU citizens, and they are currently looking to invest more of their budget into developing new cyber security technology. In addition to this, the EU are also looking to improve diplomacy measures to reduce the threat of potential cyber attacks by other nations. This is in response to a fivefold increase in cyber threats to the EU from 2013 to 2017.

The hope is that by investing in technology, looking to create more cross-border law enforcement and information sharing, and improving diplomatic relations, EU member states can work smoothly and consistently together to protect themselves from ever-increasing cyber threats.


Brexit and Cyber Security


There are some that hold quite a pessimistic view of the future of cyber security in the UK without the EU. The fear is that we may be left floundering and alone without the direct cooperation and added protection of EU member states. Cooperation, according the EU commissioner Sir Julian King, will be vital in combatting not only cyber attacks, but also the threat of terrorism and hostile states.

There are also potential issues arising from the increasing cost of cyber security as a result of the falling value of the pound, and the loss of access to European expertise.

Essentially, the UK government will need to ensure that part of the Brexit negotiations look at a continuation of complete security cooperation, particularly in terms of the sharing of intelligence and cross-border law enforcement. Luckily, the evidence suggests that the intelligence provided by the UK would be too valuable to exclude.

However, the UK government’s probable acceptance of GDPR is evidence that the UK is willing to work with the EU in continuing some form of cooperation in order to step-up its cyber security measures.


Britain’s Cyber Security Commitment


Even without the EU, the UK government looks set to put a lot of energy and investment into improving the country’s overall security. For example, GCHQ has recently launched a “cyber security accelerator,” with the intention of creating two world-class cyber security innovation centres. Even prior to the Brexit vote, £1.9bn of the UK’s budget was ear-marked for investment into cyber security.

The situation remains unclear, however, until all Brexit negotiations are finalised and Britain officially leaves the EU. Until that point, we cannot know for sure how much EU member states would be willing to share, and vice versa. As it stands, there are still questions about whether all member states would be willing to share potentially sensitive information with Brussels, and how that might come to impact future EU cyber security law.


Focusing On Your Cyber Security


Whatever the eventual outcome, you can still take steps to improve your own chamber’s protection and security. CBSIT specialises in IT and security packages which utilise the latest technology and security developments, protecting your business innovatively and effectively. In the run-up to the implementation of GDPR, we can ensure you reach full compliance with the minimal amount of stress, upheaval, and financial impact.

For the best in cyber security protection for your chambers, contact CBSIT today and we can advise you on the most suitable form of protection for your business.