European Commission asks Symantec to provide data transfer standard


European Commission asks Symantec to provide data transfer standard

Warwick Ashford

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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