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Government supports cyber security amendment

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Prague, Nov 23 (CTK) – The Czech law on cyber security may also apply to the administrators and operators of the information systems in the energy industry and transport under the amendment that the Czech government supported yesterday, its press section has said.
The regulation, which is based on a European directive, is another step to improve the state’s preparedness for the threat of cyber attacks, PM Bohuslav Sobotka said in a press release.
The amendment will be debated by parliament now.
The amendment to the laws on cyber security and on free access to information, submitted by the National Security Office (NBU), will extend the current regulations to also apply to the administrators and operators of the information systems in the strategic infrastructure spheres, such as the energy industry and transport, including the key providers of digital services, for instance, the platforms for electronic trading and browsers, the government press section said.
The groups to be added to the legislation will have to take the respective steps to eliminate security risks and report possible cyber incidents to the NBU.
The NBU says the European directive is to secure a common security level of networks and information systems in the EU.
The current cabinet has long dealt with the protection of critical systems from hackers, for instance, in the law and the national strategy on cyber security, Sobotka said in the press release.
“Thanks to this, the Czech Republic has slowly, but surely won the reputation of a trustworthy partner, according to the report on the state of cyber security in the Czech Republic in 2015,” he said.
This is also reflected in the information exchange between security teams and in cyber security trainings on international level, he added.

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