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Expo highlight Deutsche Telekom: The impact of the new NIS-2 directive on KRITIS

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The NIS-2 directive aims to ensure a high common level of cyber security throughout the EU. Photo: Deutsche Telekom

The European Union has published the Network and Information Security (NIS) 2 Directive, which must be transposed into national law by October 17, 2024. This directly affects the security of citizens and overall societal stability.

What is the NIS-2 directive?

The NIS-2 Directive is the revision of the original 2016 NIS Directive, and aims to ensure a high common level of cybersecurity across the EU. Key elements include:

• More stringent risk management and assessment requirements.

• Enhanced reporting requirements for security incidents

• Increased penalties for non-compliance.

Who is affected by the NIS-2 directive?

The NIS 2 Directive is relevant for significantly more sectors than the first NIS Directive. The other critical sectors have been added, which include, for example, waste management, postal and courier services, research and several other areas. It is not only a challenge, but above all an opportunity to put the issue of cyber security in public administration and in KRITIS areas (Critical Infrastructure) on a new, solid foundation.

NIS2UmsuCG will be significantly impacted by these regulations and the public administration must be proactive to ensure both compliance and a high level of cybersecurity. Time is of the essence and the need for immediate action is clear. In the KRITIS sector, a stable network and performant IT can and should be relied upon, but this confidence must be underpinned by continuous cybersecurity efforts.

From its close cooperation with the BSI and numerous projects, Deutsche Telekom has built up in-depth knowledge around the topic of KRITIS.

These include:

• Updating IT infrastructure and security measures

• Employee training on new regulations and risks

• Mechanisms for detecting and reporting security incidents

• Legal advice on regulatory compliance

With our many years of experience in the public sector and the expertise we ourselves have gained in implementing the KRITIS guidelines, we can support you efficiently and sustainably in the planning and realization of NIS-2.

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