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The Communication "i2010 - A European Information Society for growth and employment", highlighted the importance of network and information security for the creation of a single European information space. The availability, reliability and security of networks and information systems are increasingly central to our economies and to the fabric of society.
The purpose of the present Communication is to revitalise the European Commission strategy set out in 2001 in the Communication "Network and Information Security: proposal for a European Policy approach". It reviews the current state of threats to the security of the Information Society and determines what additional steps should be taken to improve network and information security (NIS).
Drawing on the experience acquired by Member States and at European Community level, the ambition is to further develop a dynamic, global strategy in Europe, based on a culture of security and founded on dialogue, partnership and empowerment.
In tackling security challenges for the Information Society, the European Community has developed a three-pronged approach embracing: specific network and information security measures, the regulatory framework for electronic communications (which includes privacy and data protection issues), and the fight against cybercrime. Although these three aspects can, to a certain extent, be developed separately, the numerous interdependencies call for a coordinated strategy. This Communication sets out the strategy and provides the framework to carry forward and refine a coherent approach to NIS.

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Record Number: 8104 / Last updated on: 2006-09-08