Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly crucial part of the defense systems of any government. Many countries have different tactics and methods for fighting off cyber attacks. The responses to such malicious activities vary from diplomatic decisions to sanctions and conflicts. For example, the U.S. strategy aims to deal even more damage in return through economic factors or implications of the conflict. The U.S. government may deploy mines, reduce the resources which the country that attacks them receives. An overall aggressive strategy of response to cyberattacks differs from that of the E.U.
The European strategy is mostly driven by “the use of diplomatic and legal instruments” (Council of the European Union, 2017, p. 2). The E.U. and U.S. approaches towards responding to cyberattacks are different in their core and outcomes. European government aims to minimize the conflict’s outcome and find the possible preventive solution. The U.S. reacts by threatening the attacker to prevent further attacks from happening, while E.U. aims to analyze the issue and find the best possible outcome. The two strategies are entirely different and have contrasting goals.
After the withdrawal of the UK from the E.U., the cybersecurity situation has worsened. The departing of the UK does not allow the same accessibility of information sharing, and the development of new cyber protective tools will be more challenging. This makes countries spread their cyber control area, which creates opportunities for criminals to strike. Apart from that, the data on crime organizations and their different actions will not be as informative as it would be with both sides contributing to processing the information. The UK withdrawing from the E.U. will damage the cybersecurity of both. The E.U. suffered when the UK departed and created a non-concentrated area of protection.
Council of the European Union. (2017). Draft implementing guidelines for the framework on a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities. [PDF document]. Web.