The Royal Decree implementing the so-called NIS Directive into law was published in the Belgian Monitor on 7 April 2019 (in FR and NL). It establishes a framework for the security of networks and information systems of general interest for public security, and is the Belgian transposition of the EU’s Directive on security of network and information systems (published in 2016).
The NIS provides legal measures to boost the overall level of cybersecurity in the EU. All sectors that are vital for our economy and also rely heavily on ICT - such as energy, transport, water, banking, financial market infrastructures, healthcare and digital infrastructure - will need to take appropriate security measures. Key digital service providers (such as search engines, cloud computing services and online marketplaces) will also have to be in compliance.
Under article 11, §3 of the Belgian Royal Decree, the first operators will be identified within 6 months of the law coming into effect: that is 3 November 2019.
Beltug took an active interest in the transposition process, including calling on the authorities to not go further than stipulated in the Directive when implementing the requirements into Belgian law.
Beltug meets with CCB
After the law was published, we met with Miguel De Bruycker, director of the CCB (Centre for Cyber Security Belgium), and his staff, on 14 May 2019. During this highly informative meeting, the CCB explained how they collaborate with companies in Belgium and defined their role. We also discussed how Beltug can reach out to the CCB and support them in their goals.
We agreed to meet regularly, and to maintain a constructive relationship, to ensure the CCB can stay in touch with the expectations of organisations and companies in Belgium.