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Top-level views at cyber security event

Published on October 11, 2011

A top-level panel of cyber security experts met  on 10th October, at an event organised by ENISA to discuss how to ensure a safer Internet for Europe’s citizens. ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency)  held the event in Brussels, under the title “Future Challenges in Network and Information Security”.

The discussion brought together experts from the European Commission, Parliament, Council, Member States and industry. An audience made up of people from the worlds of network and information security and politics had the opportunity to watch the debate and put questions to the panel.

ENISA’s Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht chaired the panel. Speaking after the event, he said: “I am very pleased that we were able to bring together such a distiguished expert panel, and I would like to thank all of them, as well as our audience. A common theme from all speakers was that the way forward is through greater collaboration and sharing of experience and expertise. ENISA has a clear role in facilitating this process and disseminating good practices, and I was also very pleased that the work the Agency has done to date was greatly appreciated.”

The panel members were:

  • Professor Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director, ENISA (chair of panel)
  • Minister Piotr Kolodziejczyk, Undersecretary of State (Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration), who gave a perspective from the EU Polish Presidency;
  • Antti Ilmari Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG Information Society and Media, who provided a European Union view; 
  • Tunne Kelam, MEP, with a Parliamentary perspective;
  • Troels Oerting, Assistant Director, Operations Department, Europol, covering law enforcement aspects; and
  • Ilias Chantzos, of Symantec, and Vice-Chair of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) EMEA Committee who offered an IT industry view.

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