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Parliament Sees UK as Cybersecurity Leader for EU

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Parliament Sees UK as Cybersecurity Leader for EU - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe House of Lords European Union Committee has released a report which examines the UK’s cyber capabilities and the efforts in the EU. The Committee determined that the UK is “reasonably well placed” to handle cyber issues.

The report praised the UK efforts, saying that the UK is “thought to be a leader among [EU] member states, with developed practices that set benchmarks for others to adapt”.

The Committee called for the establishment of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) throughout the EU, similar to the units that already exist in the U.S. and UK.

ENISA, the EU cybersecurity organization, received criticism in the report for it’s location on the Greek island of Crete.

“We are convinced that the decision to site ENISA at Heraklion was not taken on the basis of a careful cost/benefit analysis, and it has led and continues to lead to problems over the recruitment and retention of staff, and over the scheduling of meetings,” the report stated.

The Committee also expressed its desire to see government in the EU giving greater attention to cybersecurity.

Lord Jopling, chairman of the sub-committee on home affairs, said “We believe strongly that the government and the EU should be giving greater attention to how cybersecurity could be developed on a global basis. The Internet has no borders, and it is important that any proposals from the EC are considered in a global context.”

“A first step must be better cooperation with NATO. The EU and NATO have similar interests in defence against cyber-attacks and work in similar ways, yet there is virtually no communication between them,” he said. “There must be cooperation rather than duplication.”

Lord Jopling also argued for greater dialogue on the international stage regarding cybersecurity issues.

“Further to this, broadening the dialogue with other major international players, such as the US, Russia and China will be essential if we are to become more robust in our defences against cyber attacks,” he said.

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