Corona-virus & OES and DSPs: more remote work and thus increased cybersecurity measures!
Due to the Corona-virus most companies had to reconsider their remote work policies and guidelines. Most employees are working from home in these times, which significantly increases cybersecurity risks (the Corona pandemic already led to an increase in phishing and scams). Therefore, especially at this moment employers should ensure that they have taken sufficient and appropriate security measures to protect their employees and their own IT systems from cybersecurity incidents.
This even more applies to so-called “Operators of Essential provide services” (OES) and ‘Digital Service Providers’’ (DSPs). OES are public/private companies providing services that are essential for the maintenance of critical societal and/or economic activities (within among others the sectors energy, transport, banking, health sector etc). DSP’s are online marketplaces, online search engines or cloud computing services (e.g. Google, Microsoft or Amazon).
On basis of the European ‘NIS Directive’ and its Dutch implementation ‘Wbni’, both OES as well as DSPs must take appropriate and proportionate technical and organisational measures to adequately protect their ICT. To my opinion this also includes security and organizational measures ensuring (more) safe environment for working remotely.
Therefore OES and DSPs need to take at least the following measures (provided by ENISA): giving proper security advice to employees working at home, prioritize the support of remote access solutions, provide virtual solutions, ensure adequate support to employees in case of problems, define clear procedure and consider where needed the restriction of access to sensitive systems. Part of these measures will also be needed to ensure compliance with the GDPR!
For more information on the NIS-Directive, Wbni or cybersecurity related questions, do not hesitate to contact me (or read my recent articles in the legal journal ‘Computerrecht’).
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