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Desislava Krusteva comments important aspects of the European Cybersecurity Act in the morning block of Bloomberg TV

28 June 2019

Regulation (EU) 2019/881 of the European Parliament and of the Council, known as Cybersecurity Act, came into force on 27th June 2019. On this occasion, att. Desislava Krusteva, a partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm (DPC) and a leading expert at the Law and Internet Foundation, took part in the morning block of Bloomberg TV, where she commented on important aspects of the document.

Att. Krusteva emphasized that the EU Cybersecurity Act is in fact an upgrade of the already existing legal framework established by Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union (NIS). Digitalisation and connectivity become main features of increasing number of products and services. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) an extremely high number of connected digital devices are expected to be deployed across during the next decade, growing at a rapid pace. This makes the society more vulnerable to cyber-threats and requires better protection of information systems and communication networks, digital products, services and devices used by citizens, organizations and businesses – ranging from SMEs to operators of critical infrastructure. Therefore, the new document aims at building capacities to deal with cyber-attacks, which to cover the acquisition and accumulation of knowledge, as well as to ensure better communication and coordination between Member States.

Desislava Krusteva noted that the new regulation introduces supranational framework for cybersecurity certification. The unified standards may contribute to improved security, particularly in sectors such as health care, transport, energy, and banking and finance, where the use of new technologies is increasingly widespread.

At the same time, the Cybersecurity Act brings considerable powers for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), that becomes the main authority for implementing the EU cyber-protection strategy and ensuring the reliability of networks and systems. A European Expert Center is envisaged to support the Agency's work with scientific research and analysis.

In the interview before Bloomberg TV, att. Krusteva shared her personal observations from the implementation of the Community framework in Bulgaria. She noted that the country follows the EU general concept and strategy, the NIS Directive has been transposed, and the sub-legislative framework is also in progress.

DPC’s experts provide legal consultation on all aspects related to the implementation of the EU and the Bulgarian legislation in the cybersecurity and data protection areas.


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