On 8 and 9 October 2015 more than 40 representatives from national / governmental EU CSIRTs (Computer Security Incident Response Team) and their law enforcement counterparts convened at Europol's headquarters in The Hague for the 4th joint ENISA – EC3 workshop. The two-day event focused on the exchange of information between CSIRTs and law enforcement placing a particular emphasis on the common taxonomies and methods to information sharing.
Wil van Gemert, Europol's Deputy Director Operations, and Dr Steve Purser, Head of ENISA Core Operations, gave the keynote speeches.
In his speech Wil van Gemert said: "Law enforcement – CSIRTs cooperation is essential in bringing two of the most relevant professional communities together to tackle cybercrime. One side protects infrastructures, communities and businesses from cyber threats, while the other looks at perpetrators and enablers who are behind this crime. Working together in an efficient and effective manner is a fundamental backbone of ensuring the safety of the societies we are entrusted to protect. This event, which epitomises the excellent collaboration between Europol and ENISA, is a valuable opportunity for concrete output, providing ample possibilities to learn from practical experiences. "
Dr Steve Purser underlined: "Defining a common taxonomy between CSIRTs and Law Enforcement is an important step forward to facilitate information sharing between these two communities. Today's meeting is an important step in this direction. The feedback from the communities is fundamental in order to proceed and set the appropriate framework. ENISA and Europol are in close collaboration in their common efforts to counter cybercrime, which is to be fought from different angles. The workshop serves as an excellent platform to share viewpoints and develop a common understanding and we aim to deepen this collaboration."
ENISA and Europol have a Memorandum of Understanding for strategic cooperation and exchange of expertise supporting the EU Member States and institutions in the fight against cybercrime. The event follows the 2014 ENISA-EC3 workshop.