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European agencies seek to bolster co-operation on cyber crime

Fifth annual joint workshop seeks to foster better co-operation between national cyber incident response teams and law enforcement agencies to establish a network to discuss topics of mutual interest

European law enforcement agencies and computer security incident response teams are meeting to find ways of improving the sharing of information on cyber crime.

They are exploring better ways to work together to tackle cyber crime at a two-day workshop hosted by the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) and European cyber security agency Enisa at Europol headquarters in The Hague.

The main purpose of this, the fifth annual joint workshop, is to foster better co-operation between national cyber incident response teams and law enforcement agencies to establish a network that can discuss topics of mutual interest.

Addressing the workshop, Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s EC3, said close co-operation and information-sharing between the two communities was the best way to ensure safer cyber space for European businesses and private citizens.

Steven Purser, head of Enisa’s core operations unit, said sharing information was key to improving approaches to cyber security across the EU.

“However, the challenge is to link information to specific goals and to share the right information with the right people for the right purpose, and this workshop is a step in the right direction,” he said.

In 2014, Europol and Enisa signed a strategic co-operation agreement aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise, as well as co-operation between the two agencies to offer support to EU member states in tackling cyber crime.

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In April 2016, Enisa published a report on current crisis management frameworks, which recommended more efficient cyber crisis co-operation and urged decision-makers in Europe to take action to avoid a major cyber crisis.

According to the report, cyber crisis management at EU level lacks the proper mechanisms and consistency to support the EU-wide cyber community effectively in the event of a cyber crisis.

As a result, Enisa made five recommendations, including that EU member states should develop and formally adopt an EU-level crisis management plan specific to the crises caused by cyber security incidents, and the creation of an EU-level pool of cyber experts with the primary objective of exchanging information and best practices.

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