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Ninth ENISA-EC3 Workshop on CSIRTs-LE Cooperation: standing shoulder-to-shoulder to counter cybercrime

On 16 September 2020, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA and the European Cybercrime Center, EC3 organised the 9th annual workshop for CSIRTs – in particular national and governmental (n/g) CSIRTs – and their LE (law enforcement) counterparts.

Published on September 22, 2020

The CSIRTs and LE communities from the EU and EFTA countries, together with representatives from the EU Institutions and Bodies and the Council of Europe, met to discuss ways to effectively cooperate for the purpose of countering cybercrime. The favourable conditions for cybercrime caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have only rendered this meeting even more important. Keeping all stakeholders involved, as stressed by ENISA, has been overwhelmingly accepted in this year’s event, organised by invitation only. As a result of the COVID-19 situation, the CSIRT and LE communities had to coordinate their reactions and respond to the attacks targeting, for instance, the health sector already facing a critical situation because of the pandemic.

During the workshop the participants had also the opportunity to share success stories and bring forward national examples of cooperation and crisis management, as well as initiatives from EU Institutions and bodies. Experts discussed relevant EU policy developments, cooperation frameworks and response mechanisms against cyber threats.

Key Takeaways

Key takeaways of the workshop were that trust is the cornerstone of the CSIRTs and LE cooperation and that the judiciary needs to be involved at an early stage of a response to an attack. The event also highlighted that it is essential to have the legal and policy framework and the necessary tools and procedures in place. Finally, crises offer a unique opportunity to test CSIRTs and LE cooperation and identify gaps.

The 2020 ENISA report on CSIRTs and LE cooperation, expected to be finalised by end of 2020, will be published in the publication section of the ENISA website.

Further Information

For questions related to CSIRTs and LE cooperation, please contact: [email protected]


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