The Executive Directors of four key European agencies dealing with cyber security and defence - the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the EU institutions’ permanent Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) - met today 8 December in Athens at the ENISA premises to discuss future cooperative opportunities in the field of cyber security and defence.
The aim is to enhance synergies and avoid duplication between the four agencies as well as to discuss ways of establishing an enhanced and structured cooperation built around identified areas of cooperation. They include, among others: cyber security & defence education, training and exercises; building synergies in the area of technology development including research with dual use characteristics as well as testing of demonstrators/prototypes; common standardisation and certification; incident cooperation; or strategic and administrative matters.
“Cyber threats are transnational by nature, and so has to be our response to them. EU institutions, agencies and bodies need to think cross-sectoral and join forces where appropriate in order to anticipate the security challenges and adapt to Member States’ expectations. And nowhere does this better apply than in the cyber domain”, Jorge Domecq, the EDA’s Chief Executive, stated at the meeting.