ENISA releases final report on "Cyber Europe 2010" exercise

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has released the final report on the "Cyber Europe 2010" exercise, calling for similar exercises in the future and for an increase in cooperation between Member States of the European Union (EU), while highlighting the importance of involving the private sector in promoting security.

Among its key conclusions, the report highlights the finding that the institutions of Member States responsible for information technologies communicate in a wide variety of ways, and that harmonisation would lead to a more secure and efficient communication between countries.

It was also found that there was a lot of variation in the points of contact in the different organisations; in the event of a real crisis, around 55 percent of countries reported that were not confident that they would be able to quickly find the relevant CIIP organisation/s in the appropriate Member State, even with the available directories. However, participants in "Cyber Europe 2010" remained divided in their views on what kind of point of contact would be most appropriate at the EU level; for example, a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) or Multiple Points of Contact (MPOC).

"Cyber Europe 2010" is an exercise that was conducted on 4 November 2010; its objective was to trigger communication and collaboration between countries in Europe to try to respond to large-scale attacks. More than 70 experts from the participating public bodies of European countries worked together to counter simulated attempts by hackers to paralyse the Internet and critical online services across Europe.

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