At a glance.
- EU may increase private sector cyber obligations.
- A pitch from New York for a National Cyber Response Network.
- Huawei seeks relaxation of US sanctions, but the outlook is not as favorable as Shenzhen had hoped.
EU considers enhancing private sector cyber obligations.
Cooley examines the European Commission’s December Directive on Measures for High Common Level of Cybersecurity Across the Union (NIS2 Directive). The proposal would require companies to enact cybersecurity policies, rapidly report cyber incidents, and administer routine audits and trainings. Oversight bodies would be allowed to suspend a firm’s operations and leadership for non-compliance. The Directive is predicted to come into force in 2022 and 2023, and would expand the private sector reach of EU cyber laws and impact foreign businesses operating in the EU. Cooley suggests companies begin preparing now.
New York Cyber Task Force pitches a National Cyber Response Network.
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs says the New York Cyber Task Force, composed of scholars, policy wonks, and business leaders, counsels “establishing a public-private network of empowered nodes to provide effective crisis response to strategic cyber contingencies.” Participating organization Next Peak notes that the body’s latest report, “Enhancing Readiness for National Cyber Defense through Operational Collaboration,” includes five recommendations:
- “Identify National Cyber Crisis Contingencies
- “Establish a National Cyber Response Network (NCRN)
- “Operation of the NCRN
- “Assess National Cyber Response Capabilities to Ensure Readiness
- “Ensure National Cyber Readiness through Training and Exercises”
Huawei is knocking, but doors are (still) locking.
Yahoo reports a Huawei official’s comments that the company would like to reunite with Google’s Android OS. As we’ve seen, Washington last year forbade Huawei from working with US software and hardware. “We're hoping that the Biden administration rather than bundling all the various issues together and using them for geopolitical negotiation with China, will look at individuals separately,” the official said.
So far the Biden Administration seems to be signaling dissympathy to the telecom giant’s plight. According to the Wall Street Journal, President Biden intends to move forward with former President Trump’s plan to empower Commerce Department interference with tech contracts that jeopardize national security.