28 Nov 2011

Europe looks to increase internet security

With the threat of cyber attacks and even cyber war becoming more of a worry for governments around the world, the European Commission is looking to strengthen its internet security, according to ZDNet.

Digital agenda commissioner of the EU Neelie Kroes outlined proposals this week at the European Networking and Information Security Agency to create a "pan-European" system for authorization and greater security for online services, according to the news source.

"We need to support the EU institutions, member states and society at large in getting better internet security," Kroes said in a speech to the European Parliament's committee on industry, research and energy, adding that the network needs to be more muscular. "First, ENISA must be able to attract and to retain the very best IT security experts in Europe. Second, ENISA staff and stakeholders must have the best conditions for networking."

V3 said Kroes said she is confident in the European Parliament's ability to get up to speed on internet security and create awareness. The news source said ENISA's mandate has been extended to 2017.