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Tender: Towards Digital Single Market for Network and Information Security Products and Services


Greece, 02 December 2015

 

The Digital Single Market aims at harmonising the European Union (EU) markets regarding digital services. Adopted in May 2015, the DSM includes 16 initiatives to be delivered by the end of 2016.

The DSM strategy is built on three pillars:

  • Access: better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe;

  • Environment: creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish;

  • Economy & Society: maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

The DSM focuses on how digital services can benefit to the European Union’s society and economy, by breaking barriers to better profit from the online world and by increasing the availability of cross-border services.

The European Commission has the objectives to generate “€415 billion in additional growth, hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and a vibrant knowledge-based society”.

Network and Information Security (NIS) Products and Services

NIS Products and Services can take several forms (software, hardware, information exchange…).

Some objectives of NIS Products and services can be to:

  • Protect digital and physical assets from cyber threats;

  • Enhance the awareness and preparedness level;

  • Ensure availability, privacy and integrity…

In the EU, the market for NIS Products and Services is diverse. They cover specific areas (e.g. Cloud security) or more generic ones (e.g. firewall, antivirus). They can apply to individual, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as, to larger organisations, from both public and private sector.

Moreover, providers of NIS Products and Services in the EU are not all EU-based. Indeed there are several important market players from non-EU countries.

The Digital Single Market offers the opportunity for NIS Products and Services produced in Europe to grow in the EU market. This opportunity shall bring benefits to security providers as well as non-NIS areas, by promoting security as an added-value service.

Objectives

In this study International Organisation will assess the current NIS market in the EU from an economic and technical point of view, identify 5 sectors where EU players have certain market advantage over non-EU players and analyse the reasons for this. Also the study will identify 5 sectors where EU players do not have a significant advantage and will assess the reasons for it.

For information, the European Commission (DG CNECT) is currently managing a project analysing the “Cybersecurity Industry Market Analysis” in order to assess the strength and weaknesses of EU cyber security industry with the non-EU one. This project shall be complementary with a focus on NIS products and services.

The objectives of this project are the following:

  • Understand the current market of NIS Products and Services and selected areas of application in the EU MS and EFTA nations. The focus will emphasize the European Market, even in the case where NIS Products and Services are from non-EU providers.

  • Identify 5 NIS sectors where EU players have certain market advantage over non-EU players and analyse the reasons for this. Also the study will identify 5 sectors where EU players do not have a significant advantage and will assess the reasons for it.

  • Drawing from the lessons learnt from the previous tasks propose recommendations to EC and Member States in order to enable NIS Products and Services to benefit from the Digital Single Market.

Target Audience and validation

The target audience of this project comprises the European Commission, Member States of the European Union and EFTA nations as well as the private sector.

Validation of the results of the project will be performed throughout 2 workshops organised by International Organisation during the course of the project. These workshops will gather NIS providers, actors of keys areas of the DSM and policy makers to debate about the results. The costs of participation to these workshops is out of the scope of this tender.

The objectives of this tender are organised into the following tasks:

  • The status of the NIS sector in the European Union

  • Evaluation of stakeholders’ needs

  • Final Deliverable FD – Towards a Digital Single Market for NIS products and services

  • (on-going) Project management.

 

Submission Deadline: 20 January 2016

Also view the ECN Procurement Notice (accessible by ECN Executive Members - Login to View)

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