ENISA is currently involved in a key initiative to build closer partnerships between the public and the private sectors.
An initial survey of critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP) in Europe revealed that the critical information infrastructures (CII) sector was fragmented both geographically and due to the competition among telecom operators. Increasing the Resilience of those CIIs was generally seen as fundamental within Member States and several National Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) were already established to enhance preparedness and response to disasters or failures by coordinating the efforts among telecom operators. Cross-border mechanism were set up on an ad hoc basis and soon a need for global approach at a European level arose to respond to both existing and emerging threats.
In March 2009, the European Commission adopted a policy initiative - COM (2009)149 - on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) to address this challenge and a European Public-private Partnership for Resilience (EP3R) was established in order to support such coordination. The objectives of EP3R are fourfold:
- Encourage information sharing and stock-taking of good policy and industrial practices to foster common understanding;
- Discuss public policy priorities, objectives and measures;
- Baseline requirements for the security and resilience in Europe;
- Identify and promote the adoption of good baseline practices for security and resilience.
EP3R will build upon national PPPs and engage both the public and private sectors in addressing the pan-European dimension of the resilience of critical EU-wide infrastructure. The European Commission requested ENISA to support the EP3R process and facilitate the establishment of three Working Groups which ENISA will support in several key areas.