The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation. The signing took place at ENISA’s premises in Athens, Greece.
Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA, said: "We welcome the opportunity to work with eu-LISA and to share our expertise with them. This MoU is another example of EU Agencies sharing resources and working closely together."
"Today we are all part of a digital revolution that deeply changes all aspects of our daily lives. The very nature of the latest technical and cyber solutions require close cooperation, information sharing and the pooling of expertise in order to make the best use of the existing physical information and networks whilst smartly managing modern cyber threats. The working arrangement with ENISA, signed today, helps us to achieve this." noted Krum Garkov.
The MoU, signed by the heads of the two agencies
Krum GARKOV from eu-LISA and
Udo HELMBRECHT from ENISA, takes the ongoing successful teamwork between the two agencies to a new level. The formalised cooperation agreement permits to further increase the added value, which derives from the exchange of expertise and best practices between these trusted agencies.
eu-LISA and ENISA will intensify cooperation in the areas of information security and business continuity, the provision of training for EU Member States and ICT related strategic-administrative matters with the aim to provide the best possible services to the stakeholders of both agencies.
The European Agency eu-LISA manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It operates Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). eu-LISA is responsible for keeping the IT systems under its control fully functional in order to allow continuous and uninterrupted exchange of data between national authorities. eu-LISA ensures that it applies the highest level of information security and data protection to the information it is entrusted with.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. ENISA is contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the European Union, by developing and promoting a culture of NIS in society to assist in the proper functioning of the internal market.
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Today, the European Commission has proposed to close information gaps by upgrading EU information systems for security, border and migration management and making them work together in a smarter and more efficient way.
The measures will enable information exchange and data sharing between the different systems and ensure that border guards and police officers have access to the right information exactly when and where they need it to perform their duties, whilst ensuring the highest data protection standards and full respect of fundamental rights. In the context of recent security and migratory challenges, the proposal will ensure greater safety of EU citizens by facilitating the management of the EU's external borders and increasing internal security.
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