(Reuters) — The European Commission on Tuesday announced a 1.1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) plan to counter growing cybersecurity threats, underscoring growing concern over a series of high-profile hacking incidents.
The increasing use of cyber warfare in the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine has also raised alarm.
“The EU Cyber Solidarity Act will strengthen solidarity at Union level to better detect, prepare for and respond to significant or large-scale cyber security incidents, by creating a European Cyber Security Shield and a comprehensive cyber emergency response mechanism,” the EU executive said in a statement.
The Shield will consist of national and cross-border security operations centers that will use the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics, to detect cross-border cyber threats and incidents.
The Cyber Emergency Mechanism will test devices in highly critical sectors such as healthcare, transport and energy for potential vulnerabilities.
The plan also includes establishing an EU cyber security reserve consisting of incident response services that will intervene at the request of an EU country or EU institution in the event of a significant or large-scale cyber security incident.
The Cyber Solidarity Act will require approval from EU countries and the European Parliament before it can become law.