ENISA, EU Agency for Cybersecurity celebrates 15th anniversary with reinforced mandate

On March 19, 2019 ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity celebrated its 15th Anniversary. Since 2004, the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has contributed to shaping the EU’s response to the growing cyber threats in the EU. ENISA’s main task is to help the EU and its Member States to improve their cyber resilience and increase trust in the Digital Single Market. The Cyber Security Act recently adopted by the European Parliament and the Council will strengthen the role of ENISA by giving it a permanent mandate and increasing its staff and budget. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: “We are better protected against cyber threats when we have a good exchange of information about cybersecurity. ENISA plays an important role in facilitating information exchange between the Member States. We are now setting up the EU cybersecurity framework where ENISA will have a major part in making sure that it works.” ENISA will celebrate its 15 years anniversary in Brussels in the presence of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU and other EU institutions.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, who will deliver a keynote speech, added: “The security of citizens has always been one of the biggest priorities for the European Union. Since it was set up in 2004, ENISA has steadily worked to help reinforce the cybersecurity across the Union. 15 years later, it is established as a strong and credible player in the European cybersecurity eco-system. And, now a new chapter is starting, with the Cybersecurity Act giving ENISA a permanent mandate and new important tasks for the Digital Single Market, such as its future role in the European cybersecurity certification framework.” For more information on the celebrations and the EU Cyber Agency work, see here.