The establishment of the NIS Public-Private Platform was announced in the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union. It shares the same objective as the Cybersecurity Strategy (pdf) and the NIS Directive (pdf) , i.e. to foster the resilience of the networks and information systems which underpin the services provided by market operators and public administrations in Europe. The NIS Platform will help implement the measures set out in the NIS Directive and ensure its convergent and harmonised application across the EU.
The work of the Platform will draw from international standards and best practices.
Following discussion on the possible organisation of work during the first meeting of the NIS Platform on 17 June 2013, it was decided to set up 3 working groups:
- WG1 on risk management, including information assurance, risks metrics and awareness raising;
- WG2 on information exchange and incident coordination, including incident reporting and risks metrics for the purpose of information exchange;
- WG3 on secure ICT research and innovation.
The working groups will be cross-cutting, with all relevant sectors represented. They will seek to identify cross cutting / horizontal best practices. If relevant, sector-specific work could be undertaken at a later stage. Incentives to adopt best practices will be addressed in each working group.
The findings of the Platform will feed into Commission recommendations on cybersecurity to be adopted in 2014.