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Updated ENISA report reveals the Agency’s key role for the CSIRT community

Published on November 23, 2015

ENISA’s latest report is a survey on ‘Capacity building activities for Computer Security Emergency Response Teams (CSIRTs)  impact analysis’ reveals the CSIRT’s community’s strong support to ENISA’s facilitator and coordinator role, as the Agency bridges the gap between the technical focus of the CSIRTs and the political focus of the Commission.

The survey which was conducted among the EU and non EU-CSIRT community, EU institutions, Member State bodies, National Liaison Officers, public and private entities, clearly shows the needs and the expectations of its stakeholders. Furthermore, it has been identified that ENISA needs to take on a more proactive role and also move from paper-work support to ad-hoc, more practical support; while also provide a more tailored two-speed approach, adapting to differences in maturity between less and more mature CSIRTs.

Respondents highlighted the Agency’s role with regards to its contribution towards the implementation of the Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) policy, the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union, and the implementation of the upcoming NIS Directive. Within this frame, more trust building, cooperation, training and materials were requested.

ENISA has been instrumental in building and actively supporting the growing network of CSIRTs since its inception in 2005. The Agency publishes recommendations aiming to level and elevate CSIRTs capabilities and provides training material. The conducted study proposes the way forward up until 2020 and is an update of last year’s report, targeted at policy and decision-making bodies, and EU institutions responsible for the CSIRT EU Member State policy agenda, experts and the CSIRT community itself.


The full report is available online: ENISA’s CSIRT-related capacity building activities.

Previous report available here: Supporting the CERT community impact analysis and roadmap.



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