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  • Writer's pictureVivek Goyal

NIS2 Directive and its impact on the Domain Industry



The NIS2 Directive, officially known as the Directive on measures for high common level of cybersecurity across the Union (NIS2), represents a pivotal framework aimed at enhancing cybersecurity across critical sectors, including the domain industry. This directive builds on its predecessor, NIS1, with expanded scope and more stringent requirements to address evolving cyber threats and ensure a robust cybersecurity posture throughout Europe.


For the domain industry, which encompasses domain name registrars, registries, and related service providers, the NIS2 Directive brings several significant impacts. Firstly, it mandates these entities to adopt rigorous cybersecurity measures to safeguard their systems and services. This includes implementing risk management frameworks, conducting regular security assessments, and establishing incident response plans to promptly address and report cybersecurity incidents.


Under NIS2, domain service providers are classified as operators of essential services (OES) or digital service providers (DSPs), depending on their role and size. OES are subject to stricter obligations, including the requirement to implement appropriate security measures based on risk management principles. DSPs, on the other hand, must adhere to security and notification requirements proportional to their impact on service availability and security.


Moreover, NIS2 emphasizes collaboration and information sharing among domain industry stakeholders and national authorities. This cooperative approach is crucial for effectively mitigating cyber threats and responding to incidents that could impact the availability and security of domain services. It fosters a collective resilience against cyberattacks and ensures a coordinated response across borders within the European Union.


Importantly, the NIS2 Directive aligns with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), reinforcing the protection of personal data within the domain ecosystem. Compliance with both frameworks requires domain service providers to implement robust data protection measures, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personal data they handle.


In summary, the NIS2 Directive represents a significant regulatory framework that obliges the domain industry to elevate its cybersecurity defenses. By mandating stringent security measures, fostering cooperation, and aligning with GDPR principles, NIS2 aims to strengthen Europe's cybersecurity resilience, safeguard user data, and uphold the integrity of domain services in an increasingly interconnected digital landscape.


For more information about NIS2 and to learn how to protect your domain portfolio from any challenges related to NIS2 please write to connect@LdotR.Red

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