Law compels operators of Professional Mobile Radio networks to comply with a new European directive – deadlines are approaching, companies risk fines
Elancourt, 27 November 2017 – In light of the new European directive on network and information security (NIS) becoming national law, Airbus in Germany offers a new cyber security service for Professional Mobile Radio network operators. In many industrial sectors, radio communications operators in Germany, Switzerland and Austria need to take action soon, because they are compelled to protect both their systems and affected consumers.
Airbus in Germany, thanks to its specialists in the area of PMR and IT, will now offer a complete and tailored solution called “Tactilon Cyber Security”. This service helps to detect the weak spots of PMR systems, maintain and update them regularly – and all of this is consistent with the new NIS directive. This includes managing situations in case of a threat, upgrade, security monitoring, access control, backups and recovery, to name a few aspects. “Airbus in Germany can fill future security gaps in communications systems and consult companies, governmental organisations or telecom operators”, says Alexander Koderman, Chief Security Officer of Secure Land Communications for Airbus in Germany.
According to the European Union’s directive on network and information security (NIS), adopted in summer 2016, national governments will have to implement the legislation by May 2018 and November 2018. Furthermore, they have to identify IT and PMR operators in certain sectors, which are considered to be “essential services” for the European economy.
Among these are businesses in areas such as energy, banking, transport, water, financial markets, healthcare and digital infrastructure. The European Union’s aim is to improve the member states’ cooperation and protection against attacks. As a result of the European legislation, a public-private partnership was created in Germany to protect critical national infrastructure.
“Many companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the profiled sector use radio communications and their systems are increasingly intertwined with IT systems. Consequently, they can be prone to cyberattacks,” Koderman points out. “Now a large number of them have to act quickly and identify the weak spots – sometimes this process can be tedious and pretty challenging.” However, experts can render helpful support.