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Cybersecurity package: proposal for a new EU Cybersecurity Agency and supporting documentation
18.9.17
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On 13 September the European Commission published a proposal to establish an EU Cybersecurity Agency that would have an operational role to "counter particular threats", serve as a "centre of expertise" on cybersecurity certification and support Member States in implementing EU legislation. The new body, if approved by the Council and Parliament, will replace the current Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), "with a view to effectively and efficiently supporting Member States, EU institutions and other stakeholders' efforts to ensure a secure cyberspace in the European Union."

European Commission documentation (pdfs)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ENISA, the "EU Cybersecurity Agency", and repealing Regulation (EU) 526/2013, and on Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification (''Cybersecurity Act'') (COM(2017) 477 final)

Impact assessment

And: COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT on the evaluation of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) (SWD(2017) 502 final)

Press coverage

EC Proposes Pan-European Cyber-Agency (Infosecurity, link):

"The European Commission has issued a new set of cybersecurity policy proposals, including the designation of a pan-European agency with a mandate to address cyberthreats and attacks.

The proposal comes hot on the heels of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the European Union speech, where he backed the idea of setting up a “European cybersecurity agency.” Juncker noted that Europe needed defense in a world where the EU faced 4,000 ransomware attacks per day last year."

EU looks to extra spending, diplomacy to bolster cyber security (Reuters, link):

"The European Commission wants to bolster cyber security in the EU by increasing investment in technology, setting stricter consumer safeguards and stepping up diplomacy to deter attacks by other nations, among other measures.

The Commission is due to announce its proposals in a report later this month, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. It also argues for greater national and law enforcement cooperation to halt incoming attacks.

The report calls for a short-term injection of additional EU spending to achieve both a critical mass of investment and overcome fragmentation within the region, calling a previous 2016 plan to spend 1.8 billion euros ($2.1 billion) by 2020 a “first step”. "

Greece keen to keep EU cybersecurity agency (EUobserver, link):

"The Greek government's contact person for the EU's cybersecurity agency has welcomed a proposal to give the agency a bigger role.

"I am always saying that the next threat to European security will be through the internet, so there are huge stakes there for the EU," the secretary general for telecommunications and post, Vassilis Maglaras, told EUobserver in an interview at his office in Athens."

EU-funded research on cybersecurity: agenda handed over to corporations?

See section 4.4 of the new report Market Forces, which examines EU cybersecurity research spending and argues that "The EU's wide-ranging aims in the realm of cybersecurity have seen it largely outsource the design of its research programme to a security industry lobby group, in order to help develop the technologies and procedures perceived as necessary to secure European digital infrastructures and to foster sales overseas."

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