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Cyber-security collaboration agreement between ENISA & European standardisation bodies, CEN and CENLEC

The European Union (EU) agency, ENISA is supporting the development of standards for products and services in cyber-security by signing (9th July) a collaboration agreement with two of the major standardisation bodies in the EU - the European Committee for Standardization - (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

Published on July 10, 2013

Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC & ENISA ED Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, sign the collaboration agreement(© CEN-CENELEC)

The cooperation agreement has the objective of contributing more effectively to understanding and resolving Network and Information Security issues related to standardisation, in particular in different ICT sectors that are of relevance for ENISA. This is in line with the new, expanded tasks of the recently adopted ENISA regulation, which gives ENISA more of a proactive role in supporting the development of NIS standards

More specifically, the agreement covers:

  • ENISA’s participation as observers in identified Technical Committees, their Working Groups and Workshops of CEN and CENELEC to support the preparation of European Standards
  • CEN and CENELEC’s evaluation of relevant ENISA research results and their transfer to standardisation activities
  • ENISA’s participation in and, if appropriate, chairing of relevant CEN and CENELEC Technical Committees, Working Groups and Workshops in accordance with the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations
  • The dissemination and promotion of information on publications, results, meetings, seminars
  • The provision of mutual support on promotional activities and establishing industrial contacts and research networks for network and information security standards-related tasks
  • The organisation of topical workshops, conferences and seminars addressing technology and research issues related to network and information security standardisation activities
  • The exchange of relevant information on topics of common interest identified


ENISA’s Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht said: “Recognised standards for Europe’s Network and Information Security (NIS) help to improve security. This step can increase Europe’s competitive edge as a provider of cybersecurity products and services. This is why ENISA’s role includes reinforcing work on European NIS standards. “We already participate in a Cyber Security Coordination Group with CEN, CENELEC and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Our new agreement with CEN and CENELEC puts measures in place to further increase impact, including participation in working groups, sharing information, and factoring relevant ENISA’s research results into CEN and CENELEC’s standardisation activities.”


For more information: CEN and CENELEC agree to collaborate with ENISA on cybersecurity issues



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