Press Release

Call for expression of interest for the Advisory Group

The Executive Director of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity opens a call for expression of interest for membership of the Advisory Group.

Published on February 17, 2020

This call invites nationals of the Member States of the European Union and EFTA countries. Appointees will be appointed “ad personam” as experts. This means they neither represent a country, nor a company, but are selected upon the basis of their own specific expertise and personal merits.

The role of Advisory Group

The Advisory Group (AG) is a body created pursuant to Article 21 of the Cybersecurity Act. It was formerly known as the Permanent Stakeholder Group (PSG). Members of the Advisory Group will be assigned for a period of two and a half years.

The AG advises the Agency in respect of the performance of ENISA’s tasks except of the application of the provisions of Title III (Cybersecurity Certification Framework) of the Cybersecurity Act. It shall in particular ensure communication with the relevant stakeholders on issues related to the annual work programme and advise the Executive Director on the drawing up a proposal for the Agency’s annual work programme.

Composition of the Advisory Group

The ENISA AG will be composed of up to 33 leading experts including from the following areas:

  1. The information and communication technology (ICT) industry, providers of electronic communications networks, or services available to the public, SMEs, and operators of essential services.
  2. Consumer organisations and groups, including, e.g. consumer organisations from the sectors referred to in the NIS Directive, internet users associations and non-governmental organisations representing consumers.
  3. Academic institutions, including experts in e.g. cryptology, artificial intelligence, biometrics, risk analyses, network and information security, and electronic processes.


In the assessment of the applications, the Executive Director will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Proven abilities and knowledge in the fields relevant to the mandate of the Advisory Group.
  • Capacity to contribute to issues that relate to the Agency’s tasks as mentioned in the Regulation (EU) 2019/881 (Cybersecurity Act).
  • The ability to cover a wide range of expertise in the field of information and communication technology industries (e.g. telecommunication operators, internet service providers, security service providers, hardware and software industries), consumer and user organisations (e.g. Internet users, corporate users, administrations, public and private service sector organisations),  academic and research (from areas of activity such as cryptography, artificial intelligence, secure software development, security of distributed systems, identity management and other topics directly related to network and information security).
  • Experience in the practical application of security concepts in operational environments would constitute an advantage.

An attempt will be made to ensure that each of the three identified areas (ICT industries, Academia and Consumer) have a minimum level of representation, during the selection of the AG members. Moreover, the applicants’ contribution to the European society & economy will be taken into consideration.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and not later than 17 March 2020.

Candidates are invited to submit an application in accordance with the procedure set out in the Call notice on the ENISA website.

Complete applications should be sent by email to  

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity

The mission of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is to achieve a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union, by actively supporting Member States, Union institutions, industry, academia and citizens.

We contribute to policy development and implementation, support capacity building and preparedness, facilitate operational cooperation at Union level, enhance the trustworthiness of ICT products, services and processes by rolling out cybersecurity certification schemes, enable knowledge sharing, research, innovation and awareness raising, whilst developing cross-border communities and synergies.

Our aim is to strengthen trust in the connected economy, boost resilience of the Union’s infrastructure and services and keep our society and citizens cyber secure. We achieve this by being an agile, green and socially responsible organisation focused on people.

Further information:

See also ENISA Programming Document 2019-2021

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