Turkey is ready to implement the EU NIS Directive

06.02.2020

On February 5 the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey hosted the closing event of the project for achieving the harmony with the EU regarding the implementation of the NIS Directive in Turkey. As a result of the project, Turkey has achieved significant gains in the development of its cybersecurity legislation and practices.

Stakeholders of the project, Epp Maaten is in the middle.

On the closing event, Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure  said that ICT should be expanded in all sectors of Turkey in order to provide new and differentiated digital services and to reap the fruits of the digital economy on a global scale. In recent years Turkey has developed a lot and succeeded to raise his position in the global cybersecurity rankings.

Ömer Abdullah Karagözoğlu, President of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey stated that thanks to the EU project important updates were determined to be made in the cybersecurity legislation and practices of Turkey. He said: “We see cybersecurity as part of our national security because of the risks that negatively affect social and economic life.”

On the closing event, the members of the project team presented the main conclusions and outcomes of the yearlong project. According to Epp Maaten, member of the technical expert team the EU the NIS Directive has been an accelerator.

The NIS Directive has brought big changes to the regulative environment and the institutional organisation in the cybersecurity area. European legislative examples are good basis for Turkey in choosing the most suitable regulative solution that will make Turkey a trustful and competent partner in the risky and vulnerable cyber world,” said Maaten.

The project “Technical Assistance for Achieving the Harmony with EU regarding the implementation of the NIS Directive” was conducted in close cooperation with the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey and the technical assistance team of KMO and eGA consortium.