The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for more European cooperation on cyber defence in response to recent cyber attacks on critical EU infrastructure by Russia, China and North Korea, according Telecompaper. MEPs also urged EU member states to improve their cyber defence expertise, with MEP Marietje Schaake urging them to appoint an EU cyber envoy to coordinate the bloc’s diplomatic efforts to advance an open and secure internet in its dealings with third countries. “Currently, cybersecurity and the promotion of norms for responsible state behaviour online are still being treated as an afterthought. That needs to change,” said Schaake.
The resolution also calls on members states to increase their expertise in cyber forensics, in order to improve the attribution of cyber attacks. “One year after the NotPetya attack the Council remains silent on who is responsible for this attack,” she said, adding that “we need to be able to independently verify what happens when our infrastructure is attacked.”