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European Union Proposes a Joint Cyber Response Unit To Coordinate Reaction to Security Incidents

By Alicia Hope for CPO Magazine
Monday, July 5, 2021

Although the JCU lacks offensive capabilities at the moment, such abilities could likely be considered in the future.

Ilia Kolochenko, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Architect at ImmuniWeb lauded the EU initiative. He noted that international collaboration was crucial in addressing the rising number of cybersecurity incidents.

“We should, however, bear in mind that coordinated defense, response, and eventual prosecution of cybercrime is virtually impossible without cohesive global cooperation. The EU countries may face the well-known challenges of foreign jurisdictions that continually refuse to extradite their citizens charged with cybercrime abroad.”

However, he recommended a cautious approach because nation-state actors frequently framed their rivals by hacking their infrastructure and proxying their attacks through compromised systems.

“Eventually, even the best forensic investigation will be misled and likely misattribute the attack. This uncertainty undermines cyber-self-defense, as you risk counterattacking an innocent party, provoking further escalation and violating international law.”

He suggested increasing resilience and promoting the best cybersecurity practices and education within organizations to address the increasing security incidents. Read Full Article

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