October 25, 2014

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.

 

One-third of Internet Users in Europe Were Infected by Malware in 2010

Today is Safer Internet Day and as part of the campaign to raise awareness of the many dangers of the Internet Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, has released some malware (including viruses, worms and Trojans) infection statistics for the EU.

In some countries in the EU over 50% of Internet users had malware problems in 2010. But even in the best countries the infection rates are alarming. 22% of German Internet users reported infections and 31% in the UK.

These malware infections resulted in 3% of the EU Internet savvy population suffering financial loss and 4% reported privacy and information loss or abuse.

According to the survey 84% of the participants use security software and tools (including anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall, etc).

Analysis: Malware threats are real and your safety online is paramount. Ensure you are using good anti-virus/anti-malware software, that you have a firewall in place and that your OS and browser are up to dat.