About: Udo Helmbrecht

Cybersecurity 10-07-2018

Plan for EU cybersecurity certification receives Parliament approval

A legal proposal to overhaul the EU’s cybersecurity rules passed a major hurdle on Tuesday (10 July) as the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) approved a plan to create a voluntary system for certifying the security level of technology products.
Cybersecurity 07-06-2018

Cybersecurity agency hopes for 24/7 crisis response centre in Brussels

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA wants to open its first Brussels office by mid-2019 to manage major crises around the clock.
Cybersecurity 30-05-2018

National governments reach breakthrough deal on voluntary cybersecurity certification

Diplomats reached a compromise on new cybersecurity rules more quickly and with less controversy than many observers close to the file had expected.
Cybersecurity 02-03-2018

EU cybersecurity boss eyes hardware as early target for certification plans

A draft bill to set up an EU system certifying the cybersecurity level of tech products is still trapped up in negotiations after the European Commission announced the overhaul last September.
Cybersecurity 13-09-2017

Juncker announces massive cyber security overhaul

The European Commission will add funds and new powers for the EU cyber security agency and introduce a range of measures to limit threats from hackers, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in his annual state of the union speech on Wednesday (13 September).
Cybersecurity 22-05-2017

EU cybersecurity agency seeks funds and power to police attacks

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA will get a makeover in September when the European Commission renews its mandate and presents a batch of new cybersecurity measures. The director of the Athens-based agency has been asking for a bigger budget to deal with the rise in attacks on internet-connected devices.
Trade & Society 03-08-2016

Tech industry, privacy advocates pressure Commission on export control bill

Technology industry groups are rushing to lobby the European Commission to change a draft bill, before it's proposed in September, that would require export controls on surveillance products.

Cybersecurity research fund accused of protectionism

The European Commission has earmarked €450 million to fund companies working on cybersecurity, in a bid to slash the growing number of attacks on private firms and governments.
Digital 06-06-2016

New EU digital laws could boost specialised cybersecurity insurance

Newly passed EU laws on data protection and cybersecurity could be a boon for insurance companies, which are set to pick up more clients once the rules go into effect in 2018.
Digital 20-05-2016

EU cybersecurity and police chiefs reach breakthrough agreement on encryption

Two EU agencies that have been on opposite sides of a heated debate over encryption just agreed on limits to law enforcement agencies' access to private data.

New EU privacy rules will create 28,000 jobs, says industry group

Privacy experts are about to become very in demand. Europe will need an estimated 28,000 specialists under the newly minted EU data protection regulation, according to industry group IAPP.
Digital 30-03-2016

EU cybersecurity agency slams calls for encryption backdoors

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has spoken out against creating backdoors for law enforcement agencies to access encrypted communication.
Digital 24-03-2016

Cash-strapped EU cybersecurity agency battles Greece to close expensive second office

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA just won support from MEPs in a drawn-out battle with the Greek government over its costly division between two offices in Athens and Crete.
ENISA director Udo Helmbrecht
Digital 26-10-2015

EU agency hones in on cybersecurity and connected cars

The European cybersecurity agency ENISA is putting together a team of experts to start working on connected cars next year.
Udo Helmbrecht
Digital 29-05-2015

Member states see digital security as a national issue

Cybersecurity legislation is still being held up by member state reluctance to report attacks on their digital networks.