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  • 02 February 2017 - Press releases

    Cybersecurity vs user convenience - debate at the European Parliament

    MEP Dita Charanzova - Didier Sérodon, Eurosmart President - MEP Michal Boni
    MEPs Michal Boni, Dita Charanzova - Didier Sérodon, Eurosmart President
    Brussels, the 1st February 2017,

    The question of cybersecurity versus user convenience was at the heart of a debate that took place at the European Parliament on the 31st of January 2017. It was organised by Eurosmart, the Voice of the Smart Security Industry, MEP Michał Boni (EPP), and MEP Dita Charanzová (ALDE). The key note speech was given by Sir Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union.

    According to Eurosmart, the debate has come at the right time. Recent security breaches, such as the last attack in the US using IoT devices, have made cybersecurity even more relevant. However, Eurosmart understands that users want convenience. Therefore, the European Union would have to balance security versus user convenience when addressing cybersecurity in EU sectorial policies. Sectors affected would be, amongst others, migration and home affairs (security of eID documents), payment services (PSDII), eGovernment (eGovernment action plan 2016-2020), automotive (eCall regulation) and the telecom (telecom package – ePrivacy Regulation).

    “Cybersecurity is one of the focus areas of the Digital Single Market and it requires more of our attention. With the digital services constantly developing and consumers’ appetite for more technological solutions that they can use in their everyday life, providing security of these solutions is fundamental. Mobile ID is an exemplary area which cannot function without cybersecurity instruments and appropriate fight with cybercrime against identity theft and fraud. This is one of the areas that we should take a closer look at the EU level” said Michał Boni, Member of the European Parliament.

    “As we seek to stop fraud, we must at the same time seek to make security measures a seamless part of the online and offline world. Strong Customer Authentication should not be a burden on citizens and all measures that make authentication easier must be welcomed. Biometric and other mobile ID technologies will be key to this. Whether on a Sim card, a phone embedded secure element or otherwise, security should not be the enemy of convenience and the Digital Single Market” said Ms Dita Charanzová, Member of the European Parliament.

    “Eurosmart welcomes the recent EU initiatives on cybersecurity, as they show that cybersecurity is being taken seriously at the European level. The members of Eurosmart offer products and solutions that cover every level of security required, from applications that only require entry range security, such as loyalty programs, to transactions for which the highest security is indispensable, such as financial or eGovernment applications. Eurosmart will continue to provide its expertise in developing principles and guidelines for more secure and user-friendly solutions that benefit all European citizens, as well as European bodies and institutions” said Didier Sérodon, President of Eurosmart.

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  • 16 January 2017 - News

    Debate on Cybersecurity | European Parliament | 31st January 2017

    Eurosmart, Michal Boni, and Dita Charanzova, Members of the European Parliament, are pleased to invite you to a debate in the European Parliament on “Cybersecurity vs User Convenience - Demystifying the debate”

    In the framework of the Digital Single Market strategy, cybersecurity is more than ever at the forefront of the European debate.The European Union will have to find trade-offs between competing demands such as a high degree of security versus user convenience when addressing cybersecurity in EU sectorial policies. This includes migration and home affairs (security of eID documents), payment services (PSDII), eGovernment (eGovernment action plan 2016-2020).
    In the light of the review of the 2002 ePrivacy Directive, the EU's objective is to ensure consistency with the General Data Protection Regulation, while guaranting a fair market for all players.
    Concrete cases will be used for the debate such as Mobile ID, speakers from EU institutions and from the private sector will share their expertise.


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  • 22 December 2016 - News

    Study published on eGovernment

    The study "Towards faster implementation and uptake of open government" published on the 15th of December 2016 maps 395 inspiring examples of Open eGovernment Services across Europe. This wealth of data and practices, is proof of successful cooperation between public administrations, companies, organizations and citizens.

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Latest publications

  • 02 February 2017- Position papers

    Cybersecurity in Europe

    Towards an Industrial Policy

    Security is a cornerstone when it comes to the protection of data and privacy. Recent cyber-attacks in the US have demonstrated that security by design represents a key objective in politics, for the industry and for citizens. However, for many users convenience is more important than security. This poses a challenge both for policy makers and the Smart Security Industry: combining quick, easy, and fast access to transactions with failsafe security. Trust is crucial for citizens to accept a European digital and mobile economy. The connected society in Europe is also dependent on how secure citizens feel about their digital identity.

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  • 28 November 2016- Position papers

    Eurosmart: Internet of Trust, Security and Privacy in the connected world

    Back in November 2009, Eurosmart published a white paper on the Smart M2M module. At that time, the association was anticipating a massive deployment of connected devices in several sectors of the industry, and claimed that our industry had the technologies to solve the security and privacy challenges at hand.

    We can now see that these forecasts are becoming a reality, with more than 3 billion devices already connected and 20 to 30 billion to be connected by 2020. Our position regarding security and privacy has not changed over the years, and the recent cyber-attacks have further increased our will to be even more proactive in the field of IoT security.

    Download and read our position paper


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  • 16 November 2015- Position papers

    The Future Digital Identity Landscape in Europe

    Eurosmart's Cybersecurity & Digital Identity Committee issued a paper entitled "The Future Digital Identity Landscape in Europe".

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