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EU Cybersecurity: a new stakeholders group will work on cybersecurity certification framework

03.07.2020

The European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) have established a Stakeholders Cybersecurity Certification Group (SCCG). The group will advise the Agency on strategic issues regarding cyber security certification, at the same time it will assist the European Commission in the preparation of the European Union rolling work programme.

Furthermore, the aim of the SCCG is to create market driven certification schemes and help reduce fragmentation between various existing schemes in the EU Member States as foreseen by the EU Cybersecurity Act adopted in 2019. The group consists of representatives from wide variety of organisations that include academic institutions, consumer organisation, conformity assessment bodies, standard developing organisations, companies, trade associations and many others. The EU is working in the building of necessary cybersecurity capabilities to prevent and counter cyber threats and attacks.

Juhan Lepassaar, Executive Director of ENISA, expressed:“Cybersecurity certification aims to promote trust in ICT products, processes and services while at the same time tackling the fragmentation of the internal market, thus reducing the costs for those operating in the Digital Single Market. The Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group will form part of the community that helps build and raise awareness of the EU schemes.”

Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, said: “Not only will certification play a crucial role in increasing trust and security in ICT products, but it will also provide European companies with the necessary tools to demonstrate that their products and services have state of the art cybersecurity features. This will in turn allow them to better compete in the global market. The Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group will help by bringing about the needed expertise and advice for the creation of a tailored and risk-based EU certification system.”

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