Action 38: Member States to establish pan-European Computer Emergency Response Teams

What is the problem? Reactions to cyber-attacks are too slow

To respond to online security breaches in real-time conditions, a well-functioning network of Computer Emergency Response Teams ("CERT"s) should be established in Europe.

Why is EU action needed? Reinforce capacities EU-wide to react faster to security threats

The establishment of CERTs will

-provide immediate response services to victims of cyber attacks

-publish alerts concerning online threats

-offer other information to improve computer and network security

The Commission invites Member States to strengthen cooperation between the existing National CERTs and to expand existing cooperation mechanisms like the European Governmental CERTs Group.

What is the European Commission doing?

In 2012

  • ENISA helped to reinforce cooperation between National / Governmental CERTs in the Member States and on European level.

In 2013

  • The Commission intends to enhance the cooperation of National / Governmental CERTs as well as the establishment of national competent authorities for network and information security through a legislative proposal on enhanced network and information security across the EU.