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Key Cybersecurity Trends in EU and Asia for 2024

Cybersecurity Compliance
The landscape of cybersecurity regulations in both the EU and Asia is evolving rapidly, reflecting the growing complexities and threats in the digital world. Here are the key trends and updates you need to be aware of:

European Union (EU)

NIS2 Directive:

The Network and Information Security 2 (NIS2) Directive expands the scope of the original NIS Directive, mandating stricter cybersecurity measures and incident reporting for more sectors. This directive will enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure and essential services. It will make cybersecurity a board-level issue across industries.

EU AI Act:

The upcoming EU AI Act will significantly impact how AI is governed, particularly in cybersecurity. This legislation will introduce stringent requirements for AI systems. These requirements will focus on transparency, accountability, and robust security measures to prevent misuse and vulnerabilities.

Digital Services Act:

Effective from February 2024, the Digital Services Act (DSA) imposes new responsibilities on online platforms to protect user rights and enhance cybersecurity. Platforms must implement stronger security protocols, ensure transparency in their operations, and promptly address any security breaches.


China's Data Export Regulations:

China's Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC) has proposed new Draft Data Export Regulations that relax certain cross-border data transfer obligations. These regulations aim to facilitate smoother data flows while ensuring robust data protection, especially within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL):

China continues to refine its Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), with new guidelines for personal information audits and stricter enforcement measures. The focus is on enhancing transparency and compliance among personal information handlers, ensuring that personal data is adequately protected and managed

Minors' Online Protection:

Starting January 2024, China will implement the Regulations on the Protection of Minors in Cyberspace. This regulation mandates stricter controls and protections for minors' personal information, reflecting a growing emphasis on safeguarding vulnerable groups in the digital space.

Global Trends

Increased Regulatory Scrutiny:

There is a global trend towards increased regulatory scrutiny, with a heightened focus on individual liability for cybersecurity breaches. Regulators are now holding executives and board members personally accountable for failures in cybersecurity, emphasizing the importance of proactive and comprehensive security measures.

Cross-Border Data Flow:

Both regions are working towards harmonising cross-border data flow regulations. The EU and Asian countries are establishing frameworks to facilitate secure data transfers, balancing the need for data mobility with stringent data protection standards.

AI and Cybersecurity Integration:

The integration of AI in cybersecurity is becoming a significant focus area. Both regions are developing regulations that address the unique challenges posed by AI, ensuring that these technologies are secure, ethical, and resilient against cyber threats.

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, staying informed about these regulatory trends is crucial for businesses operating in the EU and Asian markets. Ensuring compliance with these new regulations will not only protect your organisation from potential breaches but also build trust with your stakeholders and customers.