The Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) has launched a number of projects aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of vital sectors in Belgium. These sectors are considered crucial to the security of the Belgian population, namely the energy, mobility, telecommunications and financial sectors, access to drinking water, public health and public authorities.
Early Warning System for vital sectors
The European NIS Directive and the Belgian NIS Act
The Act of 7 April 2019 establishing a framework for the security of networks and information systems of general interest for public security (also known as the "NIS Act") transposed Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 on measures to ensure a common high level of security of networks and information systems in the Union (NIS Directive) into Belgium.
❗❗❗ New version of the NIS Directive❗❗❗
It replaces the 2016 NIS-1 Directive, which is often called the very first cybersecurity legislation in the world.
The proposal for the new NIS directive was tabled by the European Commission in December 2020. After a swift negotiation process, the final text was adopted by the Council and the European Parliament two years later, and published on 27 December 2022 and went into effect 20 days later. Our country now has 21 months, until 17 October 2024, to transpose the NIS-2 directive into national legislation.
National Cyber Emergency Plan
The Council of Ministers approved the National Cyber Emergency Plan on the proposal of then Prime Minister Charles Michel in 2017.
As part of its mission with regard to crisis management for cyber incidents, the Center for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) developed the National Cyber Emergency Plan in cooperation with the National Crisis Center (NCCN). The plan's main objective is to organize a response structure to cybersecurity crises and incidents that require coordination and management at the national level. To prepare itself for potential cyber incidents and crises, CERT.be regularly takes part in national and international cyber exercises.