Polish cybersecurity initiatives

In 2016, cybercriminals focused on the financial, medical and automotive industries, as believed by Marcin Ludwiszewski from Deloitte Polska. In Poland, the customers of banks are still the most frequent victims of cyberattacks, affected by both phishing campaigns and malware. Moreover, skimming attacks increased at an alarming rate last year. Cybercriminals often use the bank accounts customers use to log in to their telecom services.

Finally, in 2016 the Polish government developed a cybersecurity strategy: in July the Ministry of Digital Affairs established the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), the aim being to create the cooperation between Polish government and business. However, the Deloitte’s specialist reminds that the first references showing the importance of the cybersecurity appeared already in 2004 (simultaneously, the Critical Information Infrastructure Team was appointed). However, the financial aspect of the system remains an important obstacle: the value of the budget is not yet specified in the strategy. According to the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the corresponding bill on the national system of cybersecurity will be submitted to the Sejm in April 2017.

In order to support Polish solutions for cybersecurity, the Kosciuszko Institute in Krakow created the CYBERSEC Hub Krakow in September 2016. The project’s aim is to create a coherent network composed of numerous initiatives supporting the development of the cyber sphere.