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Towards a new role and mandate for ENISA

On Tuesday 9 January 2018, ENISA’s Executive Director Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht made a speech on the new role of the agency at a conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

Published on January 10, 2018

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The event was focused on “Addressing cybersecurity challenges and supporting a thriving cybersecurity industry in the EU”.

Prof. Dr. Helmbrecht centred his speech on the crucial role that ENISA will play in the near future and its important contribution to a high level of cybersecurity in a market that is expected to exceed EUR 24 billion this year and to grow by 6% annually.

ENISA’s Executive Director highlighted the following: “We believe that the proposal for a permanent mandate will facilitate the delivery of better results in the long term. The proposed increase of financial and human resources, as well as the opportunity to carry out new tasks will enhance our work in the implementation of the NIS Directive. 

The foreseen enhanced cooperation with CERT-EU and the opportunity to bring ENISA’s expertise to the table will support the Member States much better. In light of the current European threat landscape, enhanced cooperation can only be of benefit to everybody. 

The draft proposal also outlines a cybersecurity certification scheme and the creation of the EU cybersecurity certification group. This proposal is welcomed and should contribute to the development of a pan-European cybersecurity product and service market. 

ENISA looks forward to working with all stakeholders in the next few months to assist the co-legislators in finalising the new regulation.” 

Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht’s full speech is available here: 

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