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The NIS2 guideline is coming. But what is that?

NIS2 guideline

The NIS (Network and Information Systems) Directive was created in Europe to promote a high level of network and information systems security in the EU. A few years later, the NIS1 Directive came into force, and the NIS2 guideline will come into play in the not-too-distant future.

The directive now only applies to large companies and institutions that fulfil essential tasks for cooperation. That will soon change, which means that your accountancy firm will also have to change course.

The NIS1 guideline has been in force since 2016

Since 2016, large companies and institutions that fulfil fundamental tasks in society, such as suppliers of electricity or water, must comply with the rules of the NIS1 directive. With the entry into force of the new directive, they were obliged to improve information security to prevent cyber-attacks.

NIS2 guideline

In May 2022, the European Commission approved a new version of the NIS1 directive. It is still unknown when the NIS2 guideline will come into effect. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done.

The NIS2 directive not only imposes stricter rules on companies, but more companies must also comply with the rules. For example, all healthcare organisations, suppliers of ICT services and financial institutions must also take the rules to heart.

What if you do not comply with the NIS2 guideline?

You want to prevent your company from not meeting the requirements of the NIS2 guideline. Those who ignore the directive will receive a hefty fine.

The fines for non-compliance with the NIS2 directive can amount to 10 million euros or up to 2% of the total annual turnover for medium-sized and large companies. You cannot take any risks with such large amounts. In addition, you think the security of your customer’s information is also important, right?

By properly complying with the rules, you can keep the money in your pocket and your customers can trust your organization more. So take the new regulations seriously right away. Do not wait for the inspection to send a reminder.

NIS2 guidelines and accountancy firms

From 2024, accountancy firms will also be among the group of companies that must comply with the NIS2 guideline. With a treasure trove of financial data, that’s not surprising.

It is important for both the audit practice and for advice on compilation assignments that the accountants have sufficient knowledge of the consequences that the new European NIS2 guideline entails for clients. It is already mandatory to report on cybersecurity when performing audits, by Article 2:393 paragraph 4 of the Dutch Civil Code (expert investigation). The ISA 315 (COS 315) of the ISAAB also requires good documentation about IT. This report is about the continuity, reliability and risks of automated data processing.

Not only will the current rules be tightened. New rules are also added. For example, the management’s responsibility for the cyber security status will be tightened. An IT partner of your accountancy firm is no longer responsible for supervising cybersecurity within your accountancy firm, but the director (you) plays a crucial role.

NIS2 guideline in brief

The NIS2 directive will drastically change the level of cyber security in Europe. Sharpening the cyber security status is an investment that will pay off. Customers gain more confidence in your organization and hackers hardly have a chance to break in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guardey in short?

You just want to know what Guardey is, in a few lines, not scrolling through the whole website. We got you covered. Here you are:

Guardey focuses on three parts of your cyber security:

A safe and encrypted VPN connection via Guardey’s secure infrastructure or a Site-to-Site VPN.

We analyze information packages from the data going through the VPN tunnel, give clear insights into your data infrastructure, and provide alerts in case of threats like ransomware, viruses, and irregularities in your network.

Your cyber security is as strong as your weakest link. With Guardey, you can educate your whole team and increase awareness in a fun and efficient way through gamification.

It’s an advanced software as a service with applications for Windows and Mac OSX and an online platform for reporting and managing your teams and company policies.

How does the free trial works?

Your free 14-day trial with Guardey is based on our Basic plan. In our basic plan, all the alarms will only be available for yourself or your own company, and you manage the alarms in-house. We don’t need any payment information to start your trial, and you can invite as many users as you want.

The majority of SMEs don’t have an in-house IT department or a team of cyber security specialists. Therefore we also offer Guardey co-managed and Guardey custom. In both plans, you are able to connect Guardey to a preferred Guardy IT partner or, of course, your own IT partner.

They can semi or fully manage the alarms and the health of your infrastructure so that you can focus on your business.

After your 14 days of the free trial, you can decide if you want to continue with a paid plan. Upgrading during your trial period means you stop your trial and upgrade to a paid plan. You need a verified payment method to upgrade.

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Can I up- or downgrade to a different plan?

Yes you can! You can always upgrade immediately and costs are calculated pro-rata on your next invoice. A downgrade will be effective from your next payment period.

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