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Jarno Lähteenmäki

Is your organization ready for the NIS2 Directive?

At the beginning of 2023, the EU rolled out the NIS2 Directive, a new Network and Information Security Directive, which ushers in significant changes to the cybersecurity requirements for businesses.

Although the national implementation won't commence until October 2024, getting a head start on preparations is a smart move. In this blog, we'll delve into the essence of the NIS2 Directive, its scope, and how organizations can align with its cybersecurity demands.

Understanding the NIS2 directive and its impact

The NIS2 Directive is an EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity, an expanded edition of the previous NIS Directive established in 2016.

This new legislation seeks to fortify cybersecurity across EU member states by imposing more stringent requisites on specific industries, with notable changes including the incorporation of new sectors and supply chains, heightened operator oversight, and a focal point on corporate responsibility.

The NIS2 Directive applies to organizations whose activities are of critical importance to society. These organizations often operate in sectors such as energy, finance, healthcare, water supply, public administration, or digital infrastructure. Organizations falling under the NIS2 Directive must meet its cybersecurity requirements to protect themselves against cyber threats.

"MDR bolsters overall cybersecurity awareness throughout the organization and aids in proactive defense against cybersecurity threats."


Meeting the NIS2 Directive requirements with MDR and CSOC

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that encompasses extensive management processes, risk mitigation, and crisis management for various cybersecurity threats. MDR plays a pivotal role in meeting the NIS2 requirements.

MDR bolsters overall cybersecurity awareness throughout the organization and aids in proactive defense against cybersecurity threats. Preparedness and foresight are crucial to ensuring effective protection in the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats. Furthermore, MDR aids in enhancing top management's awareness of the financial implications of cybersecurity risks.

Another pivotal solution to ensure NIS2 compliance is Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) services. CSOC provides continuous cybersecurity monitoring, threat detection, and analytics, and maintains 24/7 readiness to respond cyber threats.

The construction of an in-house cybersecurity monitoring and operations center necessitates substantial investments in skilled personnel and specialized software and hardware. This endeavor is mainly justifiable for organizations where cybersecurity is intrinsic to their core operations.

Nonetheless, these services are accessible to all through cybersecurity service providers. Innofactor's CSOC and MDR services provide organizations with the expertise of an experienced partner in identifying and mitigating security threats while leveraging Microsoft's security technologies.

"CSOC provides continuous cybersecurity monitoring, threat detection, and analytics, and maintains 24/7 readiness to respond cyber threats."


How to prepare for the NIS2 Directive

EU Member States are mandated to execute the legal requisites of the NIS2 Directive by no later than October 2024. However, initiating preparations for this overhaul is advisable. Here are three practical guidelines for organizations gearing up for this transformation:

  1. Ascertain if the NIS2 Directive impacts your organization's operations. The directive might indirectly affect small organizations, such as subcontractors for whom a cyber-resilient supply chain is integral. Innofactor's experts analyze the legal requirements for your organization.
  2. Execute a gap analysis of your current cybersecurity status. A thorough gap analysis allows you to pinpoint any deficiencies in meeting the NIS2 Directive requirements. Innofactor's consultants will aid your organization in assessing the current situation and help you chart the desired state.
  3. Implement CSOC and MDR services. They offer a systematic approach to cybersecurity management and assist in upholding compliance over the long term. MDR is instrumental in meeting the NIS2 requirements, and with CSOC, your organization will continue to adhere to these requisites in the future. Innofactor's MDR and CSOC services are prompt to deploy and highly cost-effective.

While the precise details of the NIS2 Directive may still undergo changes, it's prudent to craft a comprehensive plan for the new requirements well in advance. With Innofactor's MDR and CSOC solutions, organizations can brace themselves for the new directive, ensuring business continuity and effective risk management even in challenging scenarios.

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Jarno Lähteenmäki

Vice President, Cloud & Cybersecurity
Jarno Lähteenmäki leads Innofactor's cybersecurity and cloud infrastructure business units.