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October 23, 2017 imeetscyber.pt0

In the most recent State of the Union speech the European commission president stated that the EU would establish a stronger European cybersecurity agency.

According to Jean-Claude Juncker, “cyber-attacks know no borders but our response capacity differs very much from one country to the other, creating loopholes where vulnerabilities attract even more the attacks. The EU needs more robust and effective structures to ensure strong cyber resilience and respond to cyber-attacks”.

Noting that Europe faced 4,000 ransomware attacks per day last year, the European commission president remembered that the Commission presented on 13 September a package of concrete measures, amongst which the establishment of a stronger EU Cyber Agency as an essential piece for collective response.

Currently, Europe’s body for this subject is the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (Enisa), based in Greece.

According to a commission official, Juncker’s speach relates to the “review of the mandate of Enisa to define its role in the changed cybersecurity ecosystem”. In fact, Enisa “will be reinforced so that it can assist EU countries which face cyberattacks and prepare them with annual cyber exercises”, the official said.