Operators of Essential Services and Digital Service Providers

 

Operators of Essential Services

The Directive will have direct implications for many firms and utilities in the State. Many of these firms and utilities are to be designated as 'operators of essential services' with security obligations and incident reporting requirements binding on them.  These will include:

  • electricity,
  • gas and oil companies
  • airlines,
  • shipping firms,
  • ports and airports
  • rail and road authorities,
  • traffic management authorities
  • banks, other credit institutions, some financial intermediaries
  • hospitals and clinics
  • water distribution and Internet based companies

Digital Service Providers

The Directive will also result in Ireland having to regulate particular multinational corporations who have their European headquarters based in Ireland and provide digital services in Europe. These digital services are online/ecommerce marketplaces, online search engines and cloud computing services.