EU Member States and ENISA Release Report on Cybersecurity of Communications Infrastructure

On 21 February, the EU Member States, in collaboration with the European Commission and EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), unveiled a comprehensive report addressing the cybersecurity and resilience of the EU’s communications infrastructures and networks. 

The report presents a detailed assessment of the current state of cybersecurity within communication networks, identifying various threats that exploit vulnerabilities and pose significant risks to the security and resilience of connectivity infrastructure. Among the identified threats are wipers capable of deleting or corrupting data, ransomware attacks, supply chain attacks, and physical sabotage. 

In response to these findings, the report outlines ten strategic risk scenarios, including potential supply chain attacks targeting operators’ infrastructure and coordinated physical sabotage attacks on digital infrastructure. 

To mitigate these risks effectively, the report offers strategic and technical recommendations for immediate implementation by Member States, the European Commission, and ENISA. These recommendations include conducting cyber exercises, stress testing critical infrastructure, assessing the criticality, resilience, and redundancy of core Internet infrastructure, such as submarine cables, and facilitating the exchange of best practices among national authorities regarding physical attacks on digital infrastructure. 

The release of this report underscores the EU’s commitment to safeguarding its digital infrastructure and ensuring the resilience of its communication networks against emerging cyber threats. 

For more information, please visit the EU Commission’s website

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