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The 5th CERT workshop

Computer Emergency Response Teams - CERTs or the so called ‘digital fire brigades’ in colloquial terms, are operationally managing the response to cyber attacks. As such, they are crucial for Europe. ENISA has successfully been supporting the build up of national / governmental CERTs in Europe since its start up.

Published on May 20, 2010

One of the actions to support these activities includes bringing the CERTs together, to establish cross-border trust, and facilitate cooperation. For this purpose, ENISA’s traditional 5th workshop "CERTs in Europe" was hosted in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, on 19th May 2010.

This year’s workshop was focused on the role of national/governmental CERTs in national and cross-border exercises. The workshops of previous years had been focused on cooperation among key players in NIS on a national, Member State level in order to guarantee the resilience of national public communication infrastructure. This workshop in 2010 however had the objective to share information on good methodological and organisational practice for CERTs involved in running of exercises for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection -CIIP -in their Member States.

This includes looking at the EU policy perspective on CERTs, the US, Asia-Pacific and national case studies from EU Member States.

The workshop brought together more than 50 participants from Member States and other countries, and was, as usual, received as being a premium tool for information sharing and networking.

The results of the workshop will feed into ENISAs work on preparing the very first Pan-European exercise later in 2010.


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