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BSA | The Software Alliance Warns of Patchy Road Ahead on Cybersecurity Directive

Brussels — 29 June 2015 — At the start of the next trialogue meeting on the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, BSA | The Software Alliance called on European policymakers to take heed of the important work still to do.

“We understand the Council and Parliament want to move the proposed NIS Directive forward in trialogue discussions, and we support their desire to achieve a Directive that will deliver meaningful cybersecurity improvements in Europe,” said Thomas Boué, director of policy – EMEA for BSA. “However, we remain concerned that this is still not a functional piece of legislation and that the aim of effective harmonisation of security requirements across the 28 Member States will be jeopardised if the proposal remains a minimum harmonisation instrument.”

“Moreover, as policymakers negotiate the inclusion of internet enablers in the scope of the Directive, we urge them to make smart choices in order to ensure that this first attempt at cybersecurity legislation in Europe is not stretched so thin as to be ineffective in raising the level of protection for those networks and services that need protecting the most,” Boué continued. “The software industry stands ready to work alongside the Luxembourg Presidency to devise a sensible approach for the inclusion of internet enablers in those contexts where they are truly critical for the functioning of the economy and society, and to ensure that rules do not overburden such services as to be detrimental to the digital economy.”


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


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