The European Commission has said it will upgrade its existing cyber agency as part of an effort to add EU-wide standards to boost resilience against increasing online aggression. But will the plan work?
“Better late than never,” Piret Pernik, a research fellow in cybersecurity at Tallinn’s International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), told DW. She applauded the commission’s proposal to turn the current European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), whose mandate would otherwise end in 2020, into a permanent structure. Its annual budget will be doubled to 23 million euros, with staff increased from 84 to 125 people. “I think it is a step in the right direction,” Pernik said, “by, among other things, establishing information-sharing and analysis centers in critical sectors, organizing annual exercises” and supporting the implementation of other information-security directives.