26 March 2024

NIS2 Security Directive Compliance: Everything Essential Entities Need to Know

Is your organisation prepared for the evolving cybersecurity landscape? The European Union recently introduced the NIS 2 Directive (NIS2) in 2023. This significant update to the original NIS Directive aims to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of essential entities across critical sectors. This article provides a clear overview of NIS2 and its implications for your organisation. We'll also explore how Cyrex, a trusted cybersecurity solutions provider, can help you achieve compliance and significantly enhance your digital defences.

What is NIS2 and Why Does it Matter?

The NIS Directive provided a solid foundation for cybersecurity in critical sectors. Now, NIS2 takes things a step further. This updated legislation significantly expands the scope of organisations that must comply with stricter cybersecurity requirements.

Who Does NIS2 Apply To?

If your organisation operates in one of these essential sectors, you'll want to pay close attention to NIS2:
  • Energy: Electricity, gas, oil, district heating and cooling.
  • Transport: Air, rail, maritime, inland waterway, road.
  • Waste and Waste Water Management: Collection, treatment and disposal of waste, including hazardous waste.
  • Postal Services: Delivery of postal items.
  • Digital Infrastructure: Data centre services, cloud computing services, platform operators.
  • Manufacturing: Manufacturers of essential products (e.g., medicines, medical devices, chemicals).
  • Waste: Waste collection, treatment and disposal.
  • Water: Water supply and distribution.

Why Does NIS2 Matter?

By implementing the stricter cybersecurity requirements outlined in NIS2, essential entities can:
  • Proactively manage cybersecurity risks: Through comprehensive risk management strategies, you can identify, assess, and mitigate threats before they escalate.
  • Respond swiftly to incidents: Promptly reporting major cybersecurity incidents allows for faster mitigation and industry-wide learning, improving overall cyber resilience.
  • Protect the supply chain: NIS2 recognizes the interconnectedness of the digital world. By managing cybersecurity risks posed by third-party vendors, you strengthen your overall defences.
  • Implement robust security measures: NIS2 emphasises the importance of appropriate technical and organisational security measures to safeguard your critical IT systems and data.
By adhering to NIS2, essential entities can significantly enhance their cybersecurity posture, protect critical infrastructure, and ensure business continuity in the face of cyberattacks.

How Can Cyrex Help You Achieve NIS2 Compliance?

Cyrex's suite of cybersecurity services can be your trusted partner throughout your NIS2 compliance journey. We offer a comprehensive toolkit to empower your organisation and build a robust digital defence:
  • Penetration Testing: Uncover hidden vulnerabilities before attackers do. Our penetration testing services simulate real-world cyberattacks, aligning perfectly with NIS2's emphasis on proactive risk management.
  • Vulnerability Assessments and Patch Management: Identify and prioritise weaknesses in your IT infrastructure, then ensure timely patching to address them. This directly supports NIS2's focus on implementing appropriate security measures.
  • Regression Testing: NIS2 emphasises the importance of ensuring security measures remain stable and functional after system updates. Cyrex' regression testing service actively ensures the effectiveness of newly implemented security measures.
  • Load Testing: NIS2 highlights the need for operational resilience. Cyrex' load testing services can help ensure your systems can withstand high volumes of traffic during cyberattacks or peak business periods.
Partnering with Cyrex provides more than just compliance. Our solid track record across sectors offers you confidence that your digital defence is in capable hands. Partnering with Cyrex means that you have reliable counsel by your side throughout your NIS2 compliance process. We'll work together to assess your cybersecurity posture, identify gaps, and deploy solutions to ensure compliance and protect your key operations. Contact Cyrex today to discuss your NIS2 compliance needs and explore how our cybersecurity services can empower your organisation.