The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018

The following Information Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018
  • Background to the NIS Directive
  • National framework under the NIS Regulations
  • Role of the NCSC
  • Key definitions
  • Scope of the NIS Regulations
  • Organisations outside the scope of the NIS Regulations
  • Competent Authorities
  • List of Competent Authorities
  • Operators of essential services (OESs)
  • More...

The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018

This Practice Note provides an overview of the Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 (NIS Regulations), SI 2018/506 which implemented the Network and Information Systems Directive (the NIS Directive), Directive (EU) 2016/1148 in the UK. The NIS Regulations (as amended by various Brexit legislation) continues to apply in the UK.

It discusses the background and purpose of the legislation and the obligations for operators of essential services (OESs) and relevant digital service providers (RDSPs) under the NIS Regulations and the associated Retained Regulation (EU) 2018/151 (Retained DSP Regulation), in relation to RDSPs.

Background to the NIS Directive

The NIS Directive (also known as the Cybersecurity Directive or Network and Information Security Directive) was adopted by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016. EU Member States (which at the time included the UK) had until 9 May 2018 to transpose the directive into their national laws.

The NIS Directive was a product of the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy to create an open, safe and secure cyberspace and it represented the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity. The primary aim of the NIS Directive was to protect core infrastructure and services by providing legal measures to ensure a high and consistent standard of security for network and information systems across the EU. The NIS Directive includes provisions to:

  1. ensure that EU Member States have a

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