A competitive European ICT security industry
In light of the comments we had so far in this Security Section, I would suggest to organize the different contributions in line with the issues that will be addressed during the workshop. This means to start developing the conversation along the line of these issues as presented above:
-Internet Security as a growth stimulator and how to foster innovation.
-Role and responsibility of key stakeholders.
-Global dimension on internet security and EU response.
I would like to further elaborate on the first issue and inviting the other members of this forum to feedback, and to contribute to all the three issues suggested for this forum group.
One of the elements of internet security that I find to be challenging is the so-called 'right to be forgotten', which refers to how our personal data and information are handled online. Whereas there is growing trust towards online commerce and people are willingly sharing their info on social media, the concern about how these data (credit card numbers, pictures, preferences, browsing history and so on) are managed remains high.
Consequently, my question for this post would be the following: what are the sectors that would benefit from the development of a competitive European ICT security industry?
Some - not at all exhaustive - possible answers:
1) Companies able to sell online cross-border and deliver within the EU to create EU champions in the online sales market.
2) Companies offering cloud-based services. This is a fast growing sector where extra-EU competition is strong and dynamic. Cutting red tape is crucial to boost the growth of this sector.
3) EU companies offering security both in terms of anti-malware and anti-spam protection but also in terms of compliance certification with EU Directives such as the data protection directive 2002/58.
4) Marketing companies complying with the legislation of one single data protection authority. These companies will be requested to be more accountable but will have the legal certainty to comply with one single legislation in the entire EU market.
What would you add to the list above? Does the EU have the potential to grow a competitive ICT sector? Is the Commission proposal to reform the EU Legal Framework on the protection of personal data going into this direction? Will the Commission be able to strengthen citizens’ online rights?