ENISA and CERT-EU signed a memorandum of understanding on 15 February 2021 with the aim of better fulfilling their respective mandates. This MoU sets the frame for supporting each other’s work and achieving a higher degree of efficiency.

Cooperation with CERT-EU

The cooperation between ENISA and CERT-EU covers those activities that are necessary to assist Member States and EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies in the following areas:

* Capacity Building

* Operational Cooperation

* Knowledge and Information.

The structured cooperation is implemented on the basis of an Annual Cooperation Plan (ACP), which describes joint activities and projects and their requirements for implementation in line with the provisions of the work programme of each party.

Who does what?

CERT-EU acts as a cybersecurity information exchange and incident response coordination hub for all European Union Institutions, Bodies and Agencies. It gathers information on threats, vulnerabilities and incidents in order to alert its constituents when necessary. In addition, should cyber incidents occur, CERT-EU is responsible for coordinating the response across the entire constituency.

ENISA supports operational cooperation among Member States, Union Institutions, Bodies, Offices and Agencies and is mandated to ensure that an effective framework for cooperation is in place among operational actors within the Union in preparation for large-scale cross-border cyber-attacks and crises. It provides the secretariat of the CSIRTs Network and supports its work by offering advice.

The Agency also responds to ad-hoc requests for assistance from Member States and provides information and analysis to support policy-makers to ensure that cybersecurity is embedded across all domains of EU policy. The work of the Agency also entails helping and guiding Member States to implement relevant legislation. It is expected to provide strategic foresight and intelligence on cyberthreats. The Agency contributes to situational awareness and shares information and knowledge with relevant stakeholders and investigates solutions to boost the efficiency of cyber responses in critical industries across Europe.


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