European Parliament strengthens ENISA


The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy approved draft legislation to strengthen the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The resolution by British MEP Giles Chichester (European Conservatives and Reformists) calls for the build-up and running of an EU Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) by ENISA and would give the agency stronger capabilities to support public and private stakeholders in their efforts to prevent, detect and respond to network and information security problems. Moreover, ENISA will be required to facilitate cooperation between national CERTs and the EU CERT in case of a cyber-attack on national or EU information systems. ENISA will then also assist the member state or EU institution in question in taking the right measures to secure the affected network or data. The proposal is based on the renewal of ENISA’s mandate for seven years as of 13 September 2013. Following Monday’s vote on the resolution, negotiations with a view to a possible first-reading agreement can start.

The SDA recently held a policymakers’ dinner on “Public-private cooperation in cyber-security”, featuring Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President, and Amb. Gábor Iklódy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. Read a short event summary here.