eSecurity: Towards a more secure Internet environment

Monday, 3 February 2003, 4:15 PM EST

eSecurity is not only a concern in specialised areas such as aerospace, military applications and banking, but an issue for governments, businesses and consumers alike. The advantages of increased information accessibility, easier connectivity and remote access to the Internet are inevitably accompanied by an exponential growth in computer-related crime.

In the eEurope Action Plan, the Commission sets the target that Europe should have a secure information infrastructure by 2005, with a number of initiatives completed by the end of 2002. This will provide the basis for working towards a secure information infrastructure. In the context of the eContent programme, the establishment of a more secure Internet infrastructure will contribute to a higher uptake of services and applications based on European eContent. This in turn will provide a greater stimulus for the European eContent industry and market.

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