EU agency asks Commission to ‘avoid fragmentation’ in new cybersecurity plans

The EU needs to step up its cooperation between civil and military cybersecurity authorities when member states are attacked by hackers, according to the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA.

The Athens-based agency asked the European Commission for a bigger role in responding to cybersecurity breaches. Part of that role would mean working more with the military when hackers attack more than one EU country. Those cybersecurity breaches can potentially become an EU competency, according to a document that the agency sent the EU executive, which EURACTIV has obtained.

ENISA sent the 20-page document to Brussels to argue for more centralised EU oversight over cybersecurity rules, a certification system to guarantee technology products are secure and for an overhaul of how authorities respond to major hacking attacks.

Foreign ministers from EU countries agreed in June that they can use sanctions to retaliate against hackers.

ENISA argues that more EU action is still needed if multiple member states are affected by major cybersecurity attacks.

The EU agency has pointed to recent large-scale cybersecurity crises like the WannaCry attack in May as proof that it has already started to work more with authorities in different EU countries to manage breaches that affect more than one member state. Now, ENISA wants the Commission to give it more powers.


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Source: Euractiv.