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2 what makes a cyber security strategy workable for Europe?

October 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

Quite a while back I addressed:

1 what makes a cyber security strategy workable for Europe?

Recent developments indicate that this issue is still as important as it was a few months months back. In fact if the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, things fall apart.

Therefore, before international collaboration makes even sense your national house has to be put in order.

You need collaboration ===> Dependability of public e-communication networks – ropes to skip 3

A recent stock taking exercise conducted by CyTRAP Labs on behalf of ENISA addressed the regulatory and practical issues pertaining to the improvement of dependability, reliability, resilience and robustness of public e-communication networks across Europe. 22 EU Member States and 2 EFTA countries participated. Some of the key findings suggest:

• particular structures and regulation can foster improvements in software and hardware architecture of telecommunication networks;
• decentralized approaches using voluntary collaboration and inclusion mechanisms for getting public and private stakeholders involved result in progress on many fronts;
• supporting various initiatives, while keeping the main objectives in clear focus improves network resilience;
• centralizing efforts, while focusing on collaboration including exercises for assessing how well things are working in practice fosters continuous learning;
• facilitating reporting of incidents pertaining to telecommunication networks, cost-benefit analysis for risks provides the information required for putting things in an economic framework;
• adjusting approaches and solutions to national situations allows using of various approaches regarding network resilience across Member States (e.g., consulting committees, exercises, planning); and
• drawing on the know-how of experts from industry and regulator developing and implementing agreed upon best practices fosters better resilience;
• regular reviewing and discussing of data (e.g. from incidents or exercises) with stakeholders supports efforts for minimizing regulation while assuring network dependability;
• encouraging collaboration and communication across agencies is an important first step, while asking them to develop solutions together with industry fostering greater resilience is the second step to be taken, and;
• achieving better dependability and resilience of public e-communication networks is a journey not a destination, hence having started yesterday taking many small but frequent steps is more effective than failing to shore up resources now.

The study does not attempt to assess how well a country is doing or benchmarking Member States against each other. Far from it, instead it focuses on giving an accurate picture of the country’s current situation. In turn, the issue is to provide an inventory that outlines the laws and regulations in place and, most importantly, how countries have managed to put the regulation into practice.

Download the study from here:

ENISA – Stock Taking of Member States’ Policies and Regulations related to Resilience of public eCommunications Networks – 318 pages – done by CyTRAP Labs GmbH on behalf of ENISA

If you want additional information

Get more information about the study and CyTRAP Labs here

Get more on this important topic here:
reliablity & dependability – infrastructure (archive of postings)

Incidentally, whilst we may all be focusing on early warning systems including EISAS European Information Sharing and Alert System — preventive efforts can help a great deal as early warning systems for food and health networks have demonstrated for decades (see below for some of the more famous European examples)

Learning from other European initiatives that work very well is a good idea indeed, such as:

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