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Navigating through Challenges and Opportunities of Cybersecurity Standardisation

On 5 March, the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, joined forces with ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, to organise their 8th Cybersecurity Standardisation Conference.

Published on March 07, 2024

The hybrid conference discussed the future of European cybersecurity standardisation, the challenges related to the new legislation, standards for new requirements on digital products, and the standardisation of the security of supply chains and their components.

The conference aimed to foster dialogue among policy makers, industry, research and standardisation organisations, in view of an effective implementation of the EU cybersecurity legislation. Building on the effective contributions of past editions, this high-level event attracted over 200 on site and 2000 online attendees from the European Union and from the international community.

The conference was organised across four panels, joined by speakers from a broad range of organisations, private and public, to discuss ongoing and planned standardisation work as well as future requirements.

The first panel involved a discussion on the topic of shaping the future of European standardisation, with the participation of Ewa Zielińska, Vice-President Policy of CENELEC, Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, Raluca Stefanuc, Deputy Head of Unit - Cybersecurity & Digital Privacy Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission, and Andreas Mitrakas, Head of Unit of Market Certification Standardisation at ENISA.

The second panel focused on standardisation challenges related to new legislation, addressing questions on how best to tackle and how to keep track of the evolving landscape and multiple regulatory requirements.

Standards for new requirements on digital products were the main topic of the third panel, assessing lessons learnt from the progress that has been made so far, as well as discussing upcoming legislation.

The fourth panel put the standardisation of the security of supply chains and their components in the limelight, discussing how to meet cybersecurity requirements stemming from the emerging legal framework and stakeholders alike.  

Participants represented a diverse community of associations that support small and medium-sized enterprises, vertical sectors, and industry, and included several speakers from the European Commission. This hybrid event allowed remote participation, while also offering great networking opportunities and live interactions for the onsite participants and speakers.


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