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Udo Helmbrecht at the Chatham House on standardising European cyber security

Published on July 03, 2015

ENISA’s Executive Director participated at the Chatham House Cyber 2015 meeting on 'Security, Privacy and Competing interests', on the 2nd and 3rd July 2015, in London.

Udo Helmbrecht gave an overview on the standards landscape and its limitations. Prof. Helmbrecht said: “A plethora of fora and initiatives are available which lack though a consistent strategy, at a policy and the EU funded R&D program level. It is important to develop a consistent EU framework to cybersecurity standardisation. The challenge is to maintain security standards and develop a common understanding.”

ENISA’s work in the field involves the Cybersecurity Coordination Group (CSCG) which aims towards:

- An EU Governance framework, for a coordinated approach to cybersecurity standardisation and the identification of strategic options for EU-US standardization, addressing the particularities of cybersecurity. Furthermore, it aims to review and promote good practices.

- Defining cybersecurity to ensure a common understanding and terminology, procedures, and identify gaps and overlaps in standardisation efforts 

- The organization of an EU global initiative  on cyber security standards, for the exchange of views through a high level event.



Increasing international tensions have raised cyber security risks. Governments and businesses appear increasingly in conflict over privacy and the internet governance debate has highlighted radically different national approaches to cyberspace. The conference explores the evolving relationship between cyber security, online privacy and the governance of cyberspace, and consider what policy architecture and technical capabilities are required to address critical risks and reduce international tension (source: Chatham House). 


Check out also:

ENISA paper on digital security published by European Standardisation bodies

ENISA report on Standardisation in the field of Electronic Identities and Trust Service Providers



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