The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) recently published a new work, focusing on identifying EU top priorities to achieve digital strategic autonomy. Evangelos Markatos, member of INTERSCT advisory board, is among the authors of the document.
The newly-published Cybersecurity Research Directions for the EU’s Digital Strategic Autonomy aims to support the EU’s digital strategic autonomy as a follow-up to a document published in 2018, already identifying a few key research and innovation cybersecurity topics to address specific strategic objectives.
The document defines digital autonomy as the EU’s ability to source products and services that meet its needs and values without undue influence from the outside world. The result is a roadmap with steps to achieve complete digital independence and a set of main challenges that the EU must overcome to support research, development, and innovation related to the EU’s digital strategic autonomy. These challenges come from extensive research with 94 members of the European cybersecurity research and industrial community regarding their long-term priorities.
The work asserts that data security stands as the highest priority for many actors to achieve this digital autonomy, with great importance given especially to privacy, data protection, trust in algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Other essential pillars for research and innovation are challenges to overcome on software and hardware security, digital communications security, cryptography, and detection of and response to cyberattacks, also in relation to the Internet of Things (IoT).
The research is available on the agency’s website, adding to their already valuable contributions to the European cybersecurity community.