European Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, has proposed that the EU should set up a new cybersecurity centre that would certify the security level of technology products.
The new centre would focus exclusively on technology products and technical expertise, separating itself from NATO's cyber security centre, which is focused on reacting to, and defending against, cyber-attacks.
"European products and cybersecurity products are not able, only some of them are able, to compete in the world market. We have to pay much more attention to this," Ansip said.
"When the WannaCry ransomware attack affected companies across Europe in May, there were a lot of member states who asked for some help from the European Union," he added.
It could be the first centre of a network of cybersecurity centres, all of which focus on different areas of cybersecurity. Earlier this month, Ansip tweeted that there were "more centres of excellence needed" after a visit to NATO's cybersecurity centre based in Tallinn, Estonia.
And more information may be revealed on these centres when Ansip announces measures on cybersecurity certification in September. It is unclear as yet whether this certification will be a legal requirement - like the mandatory EU labels for energy efficiency.
Ansip is also scheduled to announce an updated EU cybersecurity strategy and a new legal basis for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
However, Steve Purser, ENISA's director of operations suggested in an interview with EURACTIV that another cyber security centre could mean an overlap between organisations.
"There is already a lot of competition between EU offices tasked with managing cyber security… it does make sense to have hundreds of people at the European level, but not hundreds of organisations," he said.
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