Infosec: The European Commission's (EC) head of the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, has warned that a military approach to cyber defence will not help stop IT criminals.
In a video speech at the Infosec show in London, Kroes claimed that the only effective way to combat cybercrime is to create a central information hub where businesses and governments can share critical information.
"The solution is not simple, defence policy cannot be treated like a military theatre, we need a new approach," said Kroes.
"We need an EU strategy for internet security where everyone, governments, business and individuals work together."
Kroes went on to warn that the threat cybercrime poses will continue to grow, suggesting the EC has already seen a marked increase in the number of oversees threats targeting EU member states.
"The threats come from a variety of places across the globe, they cross seas," she said.
"This is not just EU, we need global cooperation. Internet security is not a problem that is going away. Even as I've been speaking, 700 new malwares have entered the market."
Kroes' warning comes as part of her wider call for a unified approach to cybercrime.
In March, during a speech at a European strategy roundtable for internet, Kroes similarly argued that governments and corporations needed to create a co-ordinated and consistent set of response guidelines to combat the growing threat cybercrime poses.