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In January 2023, a new directive on measures to ensure a high common level of cybersecurity in the Union (the "NIS 2 Directive") entered into force, and is to be transposed by 17 October 2024.

Newly, the cybersecurity regulations will apply to every entity that (i) provides one of the services listed in the NIS 2 Directive and at the same time (ii) employs 50 or more employee sand has an annual turnover and/or an annual balance sheet of more than EUR 10 million.

With the transposition of the NIS Directive 2, the range of obliged entities will be extended to include entities performing activities in the following sectors:

  • waste management;
  • wastewater;
  • production, processing and distribution of food;
  • production and distribution of chemical substances;
  • production (of medical devices, computers, electronic and optical products, machines and defined devices, motor vehicles, semi-trailers, trailers and other means of transport);
  • courier services;
  • research;

We recommend entities affected by the new legislation to start preparing for the new legislation ahead of time, in particular by:

  • performing an analysis of possible cybersecurity risks;
  • adopting and adhering to a cybersecurity strategy (i.e. adopting internal documentation);
  • implementing appropriate and adequate technical and operational security measures (e.g. backing up all data on a physical medium that is not connected to a network, regularly updating devices and antivirus programs, using cryptography and encryption);
  • undergoing professional training (both governing bodies and employees).

By Martina Oveckova, Junior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland at a Glance

Eversheds Sutherland with offices in Bratislava and Prague and as part of an international network, provides comprehensive legal advice also in foreign jurisdictions.

Our team consists of a total of more than 40 lawyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, most of whom have previously worked at major international and local law firms and have extensive experience in particular in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, employment law, competition law, litigation and arbitration, energy, infrastructure, as well as environmental and ESG law.

Our advisory services are offered in Slovak, German, Czech and English language. Members of our team include attorneys registered with the Austrian Bar Association. On this basis, and because we are part of Eversheds Sutherland, we are also able to offer extensive legal support on various foreign legal issues.

We listen to our clients, we understand their business and we also understand what they need. So we can always find the best solution for the particular situation. We work quickly, efficiently and take responsibility for our work.

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