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ENISA highlights importance of cybersecurity and calls for coordinated and responsive EU policies

October 2014 by Marc Jacob

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) highlighted the contribution by the Agency to improving EU cyber security on the occasion of its annual high-level event on 1 October.

Over the last ten years, ENISA has brought together the majority of the stakeholders in the EU in order to mitigate the risks associated with cyber security and supported policy development by identifying evolving cyber threats, risks and challenges and by supporting the development of national cyber security strategies.

ENISA contributed to capacity building across all Member States involving governments and key private sector stakeholders. It also supports the public sector and private sector institutions in the secure adoption of evolving technologies, such as Cloud Computing and the use of mobile devices.

ENISA fosters cooperation between key cyber stakeholders by way of the delivery of crisis cooperation exercises at both the operational and strategic levels and cooperation and capacity building between the law enforcement community and national computer emergency response teams (CERT) across the EU.

ENISA also looked ahead at the future of cyber security challenges that are key to European citizens and the economies of the Member States and which will need the ongoing strategic attention of ENISA. These are cloud computing and the control of one of our critical infrastructure: the energy networks.

The Executive Director Prof. Dr Udo Helmbrecht commented:

“Cybersecurity is essential for the smooth operation of our society and economy. In this event, ENISA presents its concrete contribution to EU society and industry all these years, and together with all public and private actors looks into the future challenges of cyber security. ENISA, as a centre of expertise in cyber security for Europe, is uniquely positioned to address these challenges”.

ENISA’s vision is to secure and enable Europe’s information society and to use its unique competencies to help to drive the NIS landscape in Europe. The Agency will deliver its vision by supporting the Member States and European legislative processes in securing Europe’s information society, thereby contributing to economic growth in Europe’s internal market.

Find more information on ENISA’s contribution to tackling future cyber security challenges and the high level event in Brussels attached.

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