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Adapting to new cybersecurity regulations

The world of cybersecurity is constantly evolving, with regulations rapidly adapting to keep up with emerging threats and technological advancements. As sophisticated and approachable experts in the field, we understand the importance of legal compliance in safeguarding businesses and individuals from cyber risks. In this article, we will provide valuable insights on implementing compliance to new cybersecurity regulations affecting products and entities, empowering you to navigate the regulatory landscape effectively.

Understanding the Regulatory Landscape:

Within the European Union (EU), significant legislative changes are underway to bolster cybersecurity measures across all types of software and hardware products and in all industries. These changes set a new standard for cybersecurity regulations worldwide, marking a fundamental shift within the industry.

The Current State of EU Cybersecurity Regulations:

The renewal of European Product Safety legislation (e.g. General Product Safety Regulation, Radio Equipment Directive, Cyber Resilience Act, Artificial Intelligence Act) will affect devices and software products, while NIS 2 Directive imposes mandatory cybersecurity measures on entities operating in various steps in industrial supply chains. The new regulations will in one way or the other affect asset owners, product manufacturers, and service providers.

How to Implement Compliance: A Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Awareness and Planning:

Acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity compliance and develop a plan that encompasses regulatory requirements relevant to your products and operative systems.

2. Resource Allocation:

Secure adequate resources, including funding and skilled personnel, in order to plan how to implement the transformation towards secure-by-design products and operational systems. Cybersecurity experts from more mature industries might need to be hired.

3. Secure Product Development Lifecycle:

Establish formal secure product development lifecycle processes,  in R&D for products and in IT for operational systems.

4. Certification and Compliance Checks:

Seek industry-relevant certifications for information security management systems, quality management systems, and products, to validate that your company meets regulatory and industry requirements.

5. Top and bottom-line growth:

Win with secure-by-design products by providing transparent information to customers about security measures over the whole product lifecycle, while cost-optimizing the post-market activities for addressing vulnerabilities and providing software updates.

Value for Customers: Enhancing Security and Trust:

Implementing secure-by-design principles not only ensures regulatory adherence but also enhances the overall security posture of your products and operations. By prioritizing cybersecurity, you demonstrate your dedication to protecting your customer’s safety and fundamental rights.

Facts to Know: Deadlines and Timelines in EU:

Compliance deadlines vary depending on regulations and industry sectors. For operational systems of Essential and Important Entities, NIS2 starts applying October 18th 2024. Wireless IoT devices business is strongly disrupted on August 1st 2025 via Radio Equipment Directive. Cyber Resilience Act brings horizontal cyber security regulation to software and devices. During Q2 2026, vulnerability and incident reporting processes become a mandatory requisite for continuing to distribute any legacy products with digital elements, meaning any software and devices. From Q2 / 2027 forwards, any software and hardware products with digital elements that are placed on EU market need to be CE marked for conformity with all requirements in Cyber Resilience Act. Acting swiftly is crucial to meeting these deadlines.

Retaining Cybersecurity for Future Regulations:

To stay compliant and secure in an evolving regulatory landscape, adopt a proactive approach. Allocate people to follow cyber security regulations, and invest into cultural change via training, improvement of management systems and processes, and development of secure-by-design new products.

Conclusion - Driving Lasting Change through Cybersecurity Compliance:

In today's digital landscape, implementing compliance measures is not just an option; it's a necessity for businesses. As authoritative experts, we encourage you to embrace cybersecurity compliance by following our step-by-step guide. By doing so, you can effectively navigate the regulatory landscape, enhance customer trust, and ensure long-term success in an ever-changing cybersecurity environment. Let us be your trusted partner on this journey towards a more secure future.

To learn more about the relevant cyber security regulations and how to implement them into your solutions or product development, download our free guide ‘No Safety Without Cybersecurity – New Regulations for Secure Embedded Development‘.

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Antti Tolvanen

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