BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU institutions must do more to protect themselves from cyberattacks as their interconnected networks put them at heightened risk, the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the latest agency to report, said on Tuesday. sounded the alarm in the face of a sharp increase in stealth attacks.
A series of cyberattacks by some governments against political opponents and recent high-profile ransomware attacks have prompted countries around the world to strengthen their defenses.
The CEC said the varying level of cybersecurity readiness of EU agencies poses a problem for their overall security. He highlighted the more than tenfold increase in cybersecurity incidents in EU bodies between 2018 and 2021.
EU agencies’ shortcomings include an inconsistent approach to cybersecurity, lack of cybersecurity best practices and inadequate funds and resources, he said.
“Given that EU bodies are highly interconnected, a weakness in one may expose the others to security threats,” the ECA said in a report.
“Binding cybersecurity rules should be introduced and the amount available for the computer emergency response team should be increased,” he said.
The ECA urged the European Commission to promote greater cooperation between EU bodies and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity to focus more on EU agencies with less experience in this area .
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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