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Computer crime agency set to expand

Europe's IT security agency plans to double its staff as governments step up their efforts against computer crime.

The European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) aims to expand its collection of data on security threats and incidents to give policy and law makers better basic data on which to act, and to help improve software reliability.

The move follows concerns from governments in the wake of distributed denial of service attacks that shut down Estonia's national communications grid in April.

Andrea Pirotti, Enisa's executive director, told Computer Weekly he is about to call for tenders for a study to establish the costs and benefits of increasing the Crete-based centre of expertise's staff from 44 to 100.

The expansion will help Enisa support projects to improve network resilience, risk analysis and management, and cooperation between EU member states.

Enisa also aims to prepare a report for the European Commission on what support micro-enterprises - those with fewer than 10 employees - need by way of infosecurity.

"Micro-enterprises account for a very large amount of business, but they have very few sources of help and information about infosecurity, and we believe they are vulnerable to attacks," Pirotti said.





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