European Union agency IDs hurdles preventing better intelligence-sharing, cooperation among first-line Computer Emergency Response Teams and police.
Europe increasingly faces major challenges bridging gaps among its various national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime. The European Union’s European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) warned today that cooperation among European CERTs and law enforcement is crucial, and issued recommendations for how to forge closer ties.
Nagging cultural gaps between the two worlds, as well as legal and regulatory hurdles, are the main barriers to more orchestrated cooperation among CERTs and law enforcement in Europe, ENISA says.
“What we’re seeing is a recognition at the [highest] levels that cybercrime is serious issue. As a community, everybody has to work together to deal with this issue,” says Brian Honan of BH Consulting and a member of the Irish CERT. That means CERTs, law enforcement, users, and security companies all play a role in fighting cybercrime, he says.
“In order to work together, we need to communicate well together,” Honan says.
Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA, says CERTs and law enforcement agencies each handle “different aspects” of cybersecurity. “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 cybercrime by identifying the collaboration challenges and ways to overcome them,” Helmbrecht says.