Article 8 Network Information System (NIS) National competent authorities and single point of contact

  1. Each Member State shall designate one or more national competent authorities on the security of network and information systems (‘competent authority’), covering at least the sectors referred to in Annex II and the services referred to in Annex III. Member States may assign this role to an existing authority or authorities.
  2. The competent authorities shall monitor the application of this Directive at national level.
  3. Each Member State shall designate a national single point of contact on the security of network and information systems (‘single point of contact’). Member States may assign this role to existing authority. Where a Member State designates only one competent authority, that competent authority shall also be the single point of contact.
  4. The single point of contact shall exercise a liaison function to ensure cross-border cooperation of Member State authorities and with the relevant authorities in the other Member States and with the Cooperation Group referred to in Article 11 and the CSIRTs network referred to in Article 12.
  5. The Member States shall ensure that the competent authorities and the single points of contact have adequate resources to carry out, in an effective and efficient manner, the tasks assigned to them and thereby to fulfil the objectives of this Directive. The Member States shall ensure effective, efficient and secure cooperation of the designated representatives in the Cooperation Group.
  6. The competent authorities and single point of contact shall whenever appropriate and in accordance with national law, consult and cooperate with the relevant national law enforcement authorities and national data protection authorities.
  7. Each Member State shall notify to the Commission without delay the designation of the competent authority and single point of contact, their tasks, and any subsequent change thereto. Each Member State shall make public its designation of the competent authority and single point of contact. The Commission shall publish the list of designated single points of contacts.