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Building a Stronger Cybersecurity Community: 8th ENISA Industry Event

On 17 February 2020, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity organised its 8th Industry Event in Brussels.

Published on February 19, 2020

With the new European Parliament and Commission, and following the conclusion of the legislative process for the new EU Cybersecurity Act, 2020 will be a year that marks important milestones for the EU and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity in particular.

Within this context however, the primary objective of the ENISA Industry Event 2020 remains unchanged. Through this mechanism, the Agency will continue to inform small and medium sized businesses on recent cybersecurity policy and industrial policy developments and to help them to adapt to and to make the most of opportunities offered by these developments. By so doing, ENISA aims to support this stakeholder group by improving the level of cybersecurity throughout the EU,  and to encourage collaboration in the development of a more competitive cybersecurity market in parallel.

Steve Purser, Head of Core Operations at ENISA, opened the forum with an explanation of how the role of the Agency has evolved with the coming into force of the Cybersecurity Act (CSA). Particular attention was given to the EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework and the ‘Blueprint’ (cyber crisis coordination and pan-European incident handling). He also used the example of the recent work done at EU level to secure 5G implementations and suggested that this approach might be considered as a template for how the Agency deals with other future technology challenges, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The conference focused on the latest policy developments and how these affect the European Industry landscape.

In the morning session, industry members of the Commission's High Level expert group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), experts from ENISA, the Joint Research Center and Fraunhofer Institute spoke gave an overview of the current situation of cybersecurity for AI.

The afternoon session was kicked off by Commission officials presenting the priorities of the new Commission, the cyber-security package, Horizon 2020 funding and cyber-theft of trade secrets. ENISA also shared recent developments since the adoption of the Cybersecurity Act including a briefing on the state of affairs in cyber-security certification. A panel moderated by the Head of Core operations of ENISA and composed by lead certification experts from ENISA, BSI, Cloud security Alliance, BEUC, and the EBF, discussed the benefits of EU cyber-security certification schemes.’

ENISA will help to empower and mobilise European industry players towards a trusted and secure digital society.  It will consolidate the input from its stakeholders and will provide policy makers such as the European Commission and Parliament with its recommendations based on industry’s inputs.


ENISA is celebrating its 8th anniversary since the creation of the Industry Community in 2015. ENISA has been organising its Industry Events in an effort to stimulate the development of the EU network and information security (NIS) industry. The event aims to improve collaboration between ENISA and the private sector, in particularly SMEs, that are considered to be the drivers of our digital economy.

Further Information

Event page: ENISA Industry Event 2020

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