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How to best alert European SMEs and citizens of cyber attacks?
ENISA presents a study on a European Information Sharing and Alert System (EISAS) for SMEs and citizens: EU’s role proposed to be a ‘clearing house’.
After careful analysis of various perspectives, an operational role for the EU is deemed as unsuitable. A decentralised system on a national basis is more effective, as technical/organisational, cultural/social, and political obstacles make other, centralised operational approaches less feasible. The main proposed scenario for the EU includes the role to:
• Act as a ‘clearinghouse’ for good practice to support new national systems in the Member States.
• Act as a fosterer and facilitator of discussions between the national ISAS in the Member State, to achieve the following goals: help the existing activities to learn from each other, continuously update the good practice collection, and together identify fields or areas to improve the service level of all activities
• Act as an analyst of the collected good practice and, if appropriate, propose areas of optimisation
Why are citizens and SMEs in focus? The Executive Director of ENISA, Mr. Andrea Pirotti comments that computers of home-users and SMEs are the most popular targets for targeted attacks, as they often are considered easy victims. On the other hand SMEs are important to Europe’s economic growth. However, due to size, SMEs rarely employ dedicated security personnel for protecting information assets.
The EISAS feasibility study of ENISA is a response to a request from the European Commission (COM(2006) 251). For further information pleaser refer to the EISAS feasibility study http://www.enisa.europa.eu/... or Senior Expert Marco Thorbruegge, Marco.Thorbruegge@enisa.europa.eu, or Ulf Bergström, Press and Communications Officer, ENISA, Mob: +30 6948 460 143; Ulf.Bergstrom@enisa.europa.eu
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