The European Union’s cyber security authority ENISA is turning ten years old, and the agency is even more relevant to Europe’s economic and physical security than ever before, but there is still hard work ahead.
“Although we are proud of what we have achieved so far over the past decade, we are still not satisfied. The battle with the cyber criminals is ongoing, like an eternal marathon,” said Professor Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA in a press release.
“In addition, the political and societal demands on cyber security are constantly rising. This will be even more so in the future. We will face an increased need for more cyber security and a bigger, stronger and more enhanced ENISA in a digital society. This is necessary in order to reap the benefits of new technologies and business models, whilst containing the associated risks to a reasonable level.”
Helmbrecht noted that just a few of ENISA’s lasting achievements include:
- Flashnotes providing information on significant cyber-attacks, etc., at the time they unfold.
- Organizing the cybersecurity exercises Cyber Europe 2010, Cyber Atlantic 2011, Cyber Europe 2012.
- Training, support and further building of “digital fire brigades”; or CERT community, as well as the development of 8 governmental CERTs in 2005, to around 25 in 2014.
- Supporting the Members States: request for advice increased from 2 in 2010 to 14 so far in 2014.
- Producing the annual Threat Landscape reports.
- Producing the annual major incidents report (Article 13a).
- Supporting the EU Cyber Security Month.
- Reports, guidelines and best practices, on issues of importance in the field of cyber security, such as Cloud Security, SCADA, e-ID, smart phones, social networks, data protection and cryptography, and much more.
“I am proud of what ENISA has achieved so far by successfully giving support to strengthen the cyber security capability in Europe through its prevention and preparedness activities,” Helmbrecht continued. “Throughout this period, we have been a bridge between the public and private sectors, providing unique, independent advice with an EU-focus on cyber security.”
Commenting on the milestone anniversary, Vice President and EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes said “Europe’s citizens and businesses are increasingly going online – bringing a huge benefit to our economy and society. But they have the right to stay secure when they do so: and they won’t use what they can’t trust.”
“Combined with strong EU legislation for network and information security, ENISA’s work is helping us build that trust and security, to make Europe the world’s safest online space. I congratulate ENISA for their work over the last 10 years – and wish them the best of luck for the next 10 too,” Kroes continued.