The EU’s emerging security actorness in cyberspace

André Barrinha, Helena Carrapiço

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This chapter explores the evolution of the EU's interest in cyber security, mapping the strategic documents that indicate how cyber security has become a top priority for the European Union (EU). It focuses on analysing how the EU has come to understand cyber security and propose related policies. The chapter identifies an attempt to integrate Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) as the EU had already done regarding cybercrime, into a larger cyber security rational, based on the coordination between different areas. In the Digital Agenda for Europe adopted in May 2010, the Commission committed itself to establishing a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). The importance of cyber security, in its different facets, has accelerated exponentially, accompanying the digital revolution in industry, households and state infrastructures. Cyber security includes policies stemming both from the area of home affairs and from that of foreign affairs, which implies the participation of different institutions with diverse logics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe EU, Strategy and Security Policy
Subtitle of host publicationRegional and Strategic Challenges
EditorsLaura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Petar Petrov
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315707846
ISBN (Print)9781138899483
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2016

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NameThe EU, Strategy and Security Policy


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