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The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and Europol have announced the signing of a strategic agreement that will allow the agencies to work more closely with one another to combat cybercrime in Europe.

“The purpose of the agreement is to enhance cooperation between Europol, its European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), and ENISA in order to support the EU Member States and the EU institutions in preventing and combating cybercrime. The agreement does not cover the exchange of personal data,” ENISA stated.

The agreement lays out strategies for:

  • the exchange of specific knowledge and expertise
  • elaboration of general situational reports
  • reports resulting from strategic analyses and best practice
  • strengthening capacity building through training and awareness raising, to safeguard network and information security at EU level

The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, and Europol Director, Rob Wainwright, issued a joint statement: “This agreement is an important step in the fight against ever more skilled cyber criminals who are investing more time, money and people on targeted attacks.”

“Our agreement demonstrates that we are highly committed to jointly contributing within our respective areas of expertise, and to support each other’s work in the quest to make Europe a safer place online. Cybercrime is estimated to cost the global economy more than 400 billion dollars annually, by cooperating more closely together and sharing expertise, we strengthen Europe’s capacity to combat cyber criminals,” the statement said.

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