The European Union's Digital Security Plan

Connected devices and sensors in infrastructure, in vehicles, in manufacturing plants are all generating data which have enormous value. This explosion of industrial data has led to a new wave of digital transformation with the potential to drive economic and social progress.

Europe is determined to make the 2020s its digital decade. The current tipping point of digital history indeed offers the EU a unique opportunity to reclaim digital sovereignty and become a leader in the next wave of digital transformation. 

The European Commission now launched two pieces of new legislation to achieve this goal, the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to drive innovation and fair competition online.

The DSA And DMA Have Twin Goals:

  • Create a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected
  • Establish a level playing field to foster innovation, growth, and competitiveness, both in the European Single Market and globally.

These regulations are generating a high level of attention, demonstarting that both the European Commission and national governments are taking bold steps to seize the industrial data opportunity.

The vision of the European leadership is to create a Single European Data Market where data will be able to flow freely within as well as across industries and countries. So the rules around data would follow similar principles to the free movement of citizens, goods and services across the EU. This is a powerful vision and an important building block of the European Digital Strategy. In this context, the EU has launched a Data Strategy so that Europe does not miss the new digital wave and gains ownership of the value of its industrial data.

In addition, Europe is blazing a trail on decentralised cloud: 25 Member States have signed a declaration to establish a European Alliance on Industrial Data and Cloud to enable cooperation on resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe. This could represent a €10 billion investment by the EU over the next seven years. 

Governments And Industry Cooperating To Strengthen European Cloud

The GAIA-X initiative aims to create Europe’s next generation of data infrastructure: a secure, federated and decentralised cloud system meeting the highest standards of digital sovereignty while promoting innovation, data sharing and data monetisation. GAIA-X will develop common requirements for a European data infrastructure with common rules for secure sharing of data.  “GAIA-X is a project initiated by Europe for Europe and beyond. Its aim is to develop common requirements for a European data infrastructure. Therefore openness, transparency and the ability to connect to other European countries are central to GAIA-X. Representatives from several European countries and further international partners are currently involved in the project. We want to invite other European and international partners to join the project and to contribute to its development ”. 

The European Union Cloud Strategy  Has 3 Key Priorities

  • Strengthening Global Cooperation – to increase global cooperation between public and private stakeholders to foster a collective response to cyber crime and address key security challenges posed by barriers to cooperation.
  • Understanding Future Networks and Technology – to identify cyber security challenges and opportunities coming from the new technologies, and accelerate forward-looking solutions.
  • Building Cyber Resilience – to develop and amplify scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of best practices and increase cyber resilience.

The European Union believes that reshaping cloud computing is the necessary response to these developments and that its success depends on decentralised cloud architectures that allow organisations not only to control their data and how it is shared but also control its monetisation.

European Commission:      European Sting:         GAIA-X:       WEF

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