The European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) has launched a Good Practice Guide on cooperation and coordination between Computer Emergency Response Teams (Certs) and Law Enforcement Authorities (LEAs).
Claiming that collaboration between Certs and LEAs is hindered by their inherent cultural differences, the report makes five key recommendations to overcome these barriers: training; improving structures to support information sharing; facilitation of collaboration; good practice development; and harmonisation and clarification of legal and regulatory aspects.
The report establishes that cooperation is essential in the fight against cyber crime despite a number of legal and regulatory barriers.
The announcement came after an Enisa event, where closer cyber cooperation and mutual support were recognised as key factors for boosting cyber security for Europe's citizens, governments and businesses.
Enisa executive director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, said: “Europe's information society depends on secure technology, well-built laws and policies and security-aware citizens. Our event today underlined that there is a strong need for closer cyber cooperation to build an even stronger level of European cyber security, for our citizens and Europe's digital economy.”
Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice president, said: “The key to strong cyber security is sharing responsibility. That is the ‘name of the game' for this event and for Enisa, and it's a more important challenge than ever as the role of the internet in our economy and society continues to grow rapidly.”
Speaking about the launch of the report, Helmbrecht said: “Certs and LEAs cover crucial but different aspects of cyber security. Cooperation between them is vital to properly protect our digital citizens and economy. However, until now little research was done on how to connect these two areas. This study contributes to better fighting cyber crime by identifying the collaboration challenges, and ways to overcome them.”