NIS and NIS2 Directives

What are the EU’s NIS and NIS2 Directives?

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive of 2016 was the European Union’s first endeavor to establish cybersecurity benchmarks for key infrastructure sectors, including energy, transport, and healthcare. Its primary focus was enhancing risk management practices and imposing mandatory reporting protocols for cybersecurity incidents. However, the directive’s effectiveness was hampered by ambiguously defined terms, a narrow operational scope, and lenient enforcement measures, resulting in inconsistent application across EU member states.

In 2023, the European Union passed the NIS2 Directive. It serves as a comprehensive upgrade to the NIS Directive, aiming to rectify the identified shortcomings. It extends its reach to additional sectors such as waste management, postal services, and major online platforms.

The directive introduces stringent risk management requirements, mandates the reporting of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and enforces a 72-hour deadline for reporting cyber incidents. Furthermore, it emphasizes the importance of securing supply chains and promotes robust collaboration and information exchange among EU institutions and member states.

Member states are expected to integrate NIS2 into their national laws by October 2024, and the directive will become applicable to most entities by October 2025. All EU member states shall implement the directive in their national legislation, which means that you can comply with NIS2 by complying with their cybersecurity standards.

MergeBase and the NIS and NIS2 Directives

NIS and NIS2 apply only to specific sectors, but MergeBase as a company does not belong to any of these industries. Nevertheless, as cybersecurity experts, we implement the most robust security standards even if they do not apply to us.

How Can MergeBase Help You Comply with the NIS and NIS2 Directives?

If your business operates in a sector covered by the NIS and NIS2 Directives of the European Union, you need to comply with the cybersecurity laws of all the EU member states. The good news is that they are all aligned with these directives, which means their standards are also.

MergeBase can help you comply with these standards by significantly diminishing your susceptibility to cyberattacks and expediting the response time to potential vulnerabilities.

By integrating MergeBase into your cybersecurity framework, you can proactively manage and mitigate risks associated with software vulnerabilities. This is particularly crucial under the NIS2 Directive, which requires stringent risk management practices and rapid incident reporting.

MergeBase specializes in identifying and assessing vulnerabilities within an organization’s software infrastructure. It helps reduce the cyberattack surface, ensuring that potential entry points for cyber threats are detected and addressed. By providing a comprehensive overview of software vulnerabilities, MergeBase enables organizations to prioritize and remediate the most critical threats, aligning with NIS2’s emphasis on robust risk management.

The NIS2 Directive imposes a 72-hour timeframe for reporting cyber incidents, making rapid response a necessity. MergeBase’s tools streamline the vulnerability management process, from detection to remediation, ensuring that organizations can meet the directive’s stringent reporting deadlines. This not only aids in compliance with the regulatory requirements but also fortifies the organization’s overall cybersecurity posture.