December 9, 2016

In Brief: EU’s Computer Emergency Response Team established on a permanent basis

(LiveHacking.Com) – After a pilot phase of one year, the EU has decided make the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU) permanent. The team is made up of IT security experts from the main EU Institutions (European Commission, General Secretariat of the Council, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, Economic and Social Committee).

The resources of CERT-EU are provided by the major EU institutions and agencies, including the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and Economic and Social Committee, and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The team operates under the strategic oversight of an inter-institutional Steering Board.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “The EU institutions, like any other major organisations, are frequently the target of information security incidents. CERT-EU is helping us to improve our protection against these threats. It is a very successful example of what the EU institutions can achieve when they work together. We want our CERT to be amongst the best, closely cooperating with the rest of the CERT community and contributing to cyber security for all.”

The move reinforces the fact that cyber security is a priority for Europe’s. CERT-EU works very closely with the internal IT security teams of the EU institutions and liaises with the community of CERTs and IT security companies in the Member States and elsewhere, exchanging information on threats and how to handle them.