NIS2 Directive: Everything you need to know
Responding to technology advances and a continual evolution in the cyber-threat landscape, the European Parliament voted to approve the NIS2 Directive in November 2022. It builds on the previous NIS Directive and is designed to harmonise and strengthen cybersecurity within the European Union (EU).
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The first Network and Information Systems Directive (EU 2016/1148) was introduced in 2016, with the goal of enhancing baseline cybersecurity across all EU member states. Among other things, the directive requires member states to appoint Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) and a competent national cybersecurity authority.
It covers Operators of Essential Services (OES) within each jurisdiction. The OES must implement appropriate cybersecurity measures and report serious incidents to the competent national authority.
OES sectors that must comply with the NIS Directive are; energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructures, health, drinking water suppliers and digital infrastructure providers.
The deadline for compliance with the NIS Directive was November 2018.
On 16 January 2023, the NIS2 Directive (EU 2022/2555) entered into force. It must be adopted by all member states by 17 October 2024. NIS2 builds on the achievements of the original directive to take account of increasingly determined and better resourced threat actors, and a growing corporate cyber-attack surface that many organisations are struggling to manage.
The main changes in the new NIS2 directive are:
- The addition of “important entities” that must comply and report. These cover wastewater processing, public administration, space, postal and courier services, waste management, chemicals, food, manufacturing, and various IT datacentre and digital service providers.
- Personal liability for incidents assigned to company bosses.
- More streamlined cooperation between member states.
- The implementation of prescriptive cyber-risk management measures.
- Mandatory staff training and audits.
- Fines and penalties in case of non-compliance.
Time to comply
The NIS2 directive describes the objectives to be achieved. It is the role of every member state to translate those objectives into domestic legislation. However, local implementation can differ amongst member states according to specific circumstances.
NIS2 Directive doesn’t impose any specific framework on complying organisations. However, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework would be a great place for them to start. It covers the NIS2 objectives and is relevant to both IT and OT networking environments.
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is based around five core functions:
- Identify - Know all your assets and your attack surface.
- Protect - Implement the safeguards.
- Detection - Timely detection of cyber security events.
- Respond - Have a plan to contain the impact.
- Restore - Maintain resilience and restore services after an attack.
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How can Trend Micro support your NIS2 compliance journey?
Trend Micro offers multi-layered capabilities to help with NIS2 compliance, delivered through a centralised platform for ease of access, management, and use.
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Trend Service One includes:
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24/7/365 global support with priority case handling. Additional benefits such as a designated Service Manager and white glove onboarding service are also available.
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Lastly, we are providing standardised and customised product training and a fully customisable phishing simulation tool to help educate your employees on cybersecurity best practices and reduce the risk of human error.
Overall, Trend can provide organisations with the cybersecurity solutions, services, and expertise they need to achieve compliance with NIS2 and enhance overall cybersecurity posture.
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