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EU plans new cybersecurity centre

Matteo Natalucci Published 31 July 2017

Move, which is response to impact of May’s WannaCry attack, is intended to beef up EU member states’ cyber security capabilities

European Commission vice-president and EU digital chief Andrus Ansip plans to set up a new cybersecurity centre to improve the competitiveness of European technological products on a global scale

The centre is the EU’s response to the WannaCry ransomware attack, which significantly affected companies across Europe. It aims to strengthen EU member states' cyber security standards and capabilities, which according to Ansip are not yet ready to counter major cyber attacks. 

“European products and cybersecurity products are not able, only some of them are able, to compete in the world market. We have to pay much more attention to this,” Ansip said.

"When the WannaCry ransomware attack affected companies across Europe in May, there were a lot of member states who asked for some help from the European Union,” he added.

There are concerns, however, about the new centre's overlapping mandate with the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

Steve Purser, ENISA’s director of operations said, "There is already a lot of competition between EU offices tasked with managing cyber security ... it does make sense to have hundreds of people at the European level, but not hundreds of organisations.”

In September, the EU will present updates on the project together with a set of measures on cyber security certification, which are likely to include a system to grade cyber security products.


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