On 7 and 8 of November 2016, on the occasion of the 5th ENISA/EC3 Workshop EU Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and their CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) counterparts convened at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague for a two-day workshop focusing on “Information: From Taxonomy to a Sharing Mechanism”.
The main purpose of this year’s workshop consisted of fostering better cooperation between national/governmental CSIRTS and EU Law Enforcement agencies, with the aim of establishing a network able to discuss topics of interests to both law enforcement investigators and CSIRT operators alike, such as information exchange and policy elements affecting the activities of both sides.
In his speech, Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), commented: “Close cooperation and information sharing between Law Enforcement and the CSIRT community is the best way to ensure a safer cyberspace for European business and private citizens. This joint workshop is intended to explore better ways of working together to collectively tackle the cyber threat.”
Dr Steven Purser, Head of ENISA’s Core Operations Unit, underlined: “Sharing information is a key activity in improving approaches to cybersecurity 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. Today’s workshop is a step in the right direction”.
In 2014, Europol and ENISA signed a strategic cooperation agreement aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise, as well as the cooperation between the two agencies in order to offer support to EU Member States in tackling cybercrime.