This article was published in the July 2016 issue of Cyber Security Law & Practice.
Cyber crime knows no borders. For this reason the vote by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016 to adopt the new Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the ‘NIS Directive’) is a significant one. The NIS Directive promises to support and facilitate strategic cooperation between Member States of the European Union, including through the exchange of information. It builds on and fills gaps in the European Union’s existing Directive (and forthcoming Regulation) on data protection. But in the wake of the UK’s referendum and decision to leave the European Union, partners James Walsh and Ian Hargreaves, with associate Robert Bolgar-Smith ask what will become of the world’s first true inter-governmental initiative on cybersecurity, and what governments and businesses should be doing to prepare.
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