The EU can pass a cybersecurity law that will oblige manufacturers of digital devices with internet access to ensure their protection against hacking attacks. The European Commission insists on the adoption of this document, writes the news agency Associated Press.
According to the EU, cyber attacks occur every 11 seconds. And calculated for 2021, the annual damage from them is around 5.5 trillion euros. The European Commission finds that hundreds of millions of electronic devices, including smartphones, computers, cars, household appliances and even toys, are insufficiently protected against hacking attacks. Most of these products are not subject to safety regulations. The Cyber Security Act, presented in Brussels on Thursday, aims to increase the protection of electronic devices with online access from malicious external influences.
The Commission believes that the new law will not only reduce the number of attacks, but will also benefit consumers by improving data protection and privacy.
According to Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, most hardware and software products are currently not subject to cybersecurity obligations. If the law is passed, manufacturers will have to consider cybersecurity in the design and development of their devices. Organizations are responsible for the safety of devices for the entire expected lifetime of the products, but no less than five years. Market authorities have the power to confiscate or recall non-compliant devices and penalize companies that do not comply with the new regulations.