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European Commission asks Symantec to provide data transfer standard

The European Commission (EC) has asked security firm Symantec to define a standard to allow national authorities to exchange information securely.

The messaging standard project will help European Union countries to establish a framework for sharing information on security at a national and regional level.

Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks were the most common type of attack aimed at government and critical infrastructure organisations, according to a Symantec report.

John Brigden, senior vice-president of Symantec Europe for the EMEA region, said, "Safeguarding electronic networks and systems from possible attack or disruption has become a crucial component of critical infrastructure protection."

Symantec will work with European national authorities and computer emergency response teams to review existing standards and formulate a single regional standard.

The EC has reached agreement on a directive to be introduced before the end of 2008 that will establish a common approach to the protection of critical infrastructure.





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