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Volume: 4 Issue: 2
(February 2018)

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ENISA: The right leader for EU-wide cyber security?

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’) launched a consultation on 20 December 2017 seeking views on the European Commission’s (‘EC’) proposed Regulation on the future of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (‘ENISA’). The proposals for the Regulation, which are open for consultation, would inter alia see ENISA granted a permanent mandate under the role of EU Agency for Cybersecurity, giving it what the DCMS terms a “stronger and more central role […] as the central coordination point with all relevant bodies,” and also make ENISA a centre of expertise on cyber security certification. In this article, Dan Hyde, Partner at Penningtons Manches LLP, seeks to examine that proposed stronger and more central role for ENISA to determine whether the body is fit for such a role and whether the Regulation would be a move in the right direction. Dan also looks at some of the complexities, not least Brexit, which may make the United Kingdom’s position rather less congruous with the EU’s stated ambition to designate a single body to take the lead on and coordinate harmonised EU cyber security regulation and ICT certification.

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