Dutch govt gives 'vital infrastructure' status to Eurofiber

Thursday 25 January 2018 | 12:38 CET | News

The Dutch government has given Eurofiber the status of 'vital infrastructure', the company announced. Certain processes are so vital for Dutch society that failure or disruption leads to serious social disruption and poses a threat to national security. These processes form the Dutch vital infrastructure. The designation officially highlights the importance of Eurofiber for Dutch society.

A limited number of companies in the Dutch telecom and ICT sector are awarded this status by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The main criteria is that “the company's failure could lead to considerable economic and/or social damage”. A large number of crucial organisations, such as hospitals, municipalities and other government bodies, are connected to the nationwide fibre optic network at Eurofiber. Various essential services, such as traffic lights and brochures, also operate via the Eurofiber network.

The status of vital infrastructure also means that the government will give Eurofiber a helping hand when and where necessary. Examples of this are, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, support in the field of ICT by the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) or alerts from the NCTV in the event of a terrorist threat.

List of vital infrastructure suppliers

The Dutch government drew up in December a list of companies and organisations with vital infrastructure. These must report serious cyber incidents to the National Cyber Security Cetner (CNSC), part of the Ministry of Justice and Security. The list includes suppliers of drinking water, electricity and gas and a number of nuclear facilities. All electronic networks with more than 1 million end users are on the list; these are companies that directly or indirectly provide internet, telephony or SMS services. OTT messaging is not considered vital, but SMSs are. KPN, VodafoneZiggo, T-Mobile Netherlands and Tele2 Netherlands are covered by the notification obligation. Internet nodes with at least 8 tbps port capacity are also included, such as AMS-IX and NL-IX.

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