High-Level ETIAS Seminar held in Warsaw ETIAS Seminar held in Warsaw22/01/2019 11:00:00 <p>A High-Level seminar on ETIAS co-organised by eu-LISA, Europol, the European Commission and Frontex, took place in Warsaw on 21 January 2019.</p><p>The aim of the seminar was twofold: 1) to raise awareness on the project and the various stakeholder roles and 2) to help Member States move forward with their decision making processes on organisational matters. </p><p>Member State representation was high with representatives coming mostly from ministries, police and border guard forces as well as SIRENE authorities. Including participants from the organising institutions, there were close to 100 attendees.</p><p>Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA, explained that the meeting was taking place at the right time as the need to map out tasks and prepare is now. ETIAS, he noted, is arguably the most complex project currently underway in terms of border management and requires close collaboration. Mr Garkov emphasised that ETIAS was about more than technology, as it will change how border guards work and have significant effects on the travel industry as a whole.</p><p>The European Commission emphasised the important work that Member States need to be ready for in terms of connecting to the ETIAS system whilst noting the pressure to complete developments within the set timeframe. </p><p>Frontex expressed their appreciation for the support of the organising parties and their spirit of constructive cooperation that would be vital for further progress with ETIAS.</p><p>Europol noted from the outset their full commitment to and engagement in the cooperative work to come on ETIAS, noting it to be an important milestone on the way to interoperability.</p><p>Member States appreciated the seminar and the opportunity to compare their plans and readiness with one another with regard to implementing ETIAS within their national environments.</p><p>A similar seminar will be held later this year during which further practicalities will be discussed and shared. </p>
eu-LISA is calling for Experts is calling for Experts21/12/2018 17:00:00<p>In order to implement its administrative tasks and obligations, eu-LISA may enlist the support of high level external experts.</p><p>A list of experts can be drawn up by the Agency following a call for expression of interest.</p><p>Information about current calls can be found here: <a href="/Procurement/Pages/Call-for-Experts.aspx">Call for Experts</a></p>
Global "NO MORE RANSOM" helps victims fight back "NO MORE RANSOM" helps victims fight back21/12/2018 09:00:00<p>While there might not have been high-profile incidents like the Wannacry or NotPetya ransomware outbreak this year, the rise of GandCrab and SamSam variants show that the threat of ransomware is still very active, and adapting.</p><p>The numbers involved remain disquieting – the file-locking GandCrab malware is believed to have infected over half a million victims since it was first detected in January of this year.</p><p>With cybercriminals experimenting with increasingly sophisticated tactics and self-propagating techniques, ransomware could have been a highly profitable venture for them - if it was not because the No More Ransom decryption tools have kept some USD 22 million out of their pockets.</p><h2>Bringing in new tools and partners</h2><p>Launched in July 2016, the <a href="">No More Ransom online portal</a> is now available in 35 different languages and carries 59 free decryption tools, covering some 91 ransomware families.</p><p>Most recently, a universal decryption tool for the aggressive file-locking GandCrab malware was released on the portal by the Romanian National Police, Europol and Bitdefender. This tool has allowed so far more than 4 400 victims from 150 countries to recover their encrypted files, with several hundreds of thousands of other victims who could be helped.</p><p>Already strong of 129 partners, No More Ransom was joined today by Bleeping Computer, Cisco and ESET as new associate partners, while Microsoft, Symantec, Coveware and Northwind Data Recovery joined in a supporting capacity. Cyprus, Estonia, Scotland and Sweden also joined over the course of the past year, bringing the number of involved law enforcement agencies to 41.</p><p>So far, the tools provided on No More Ransom have managed to decrypt the infected computer of over 72 000 victims worldwide – yet there are still many more victims out there which need help, this even more so as the threat of ransomware is going nowhere in 2019.<br></p><h2>Join the fight against ransomware</h2><p>Are you a cybersecurity company willing to join forces with law enforcement and industry leaders in the fight to disrupt ransomware?</p><p>Do you have an innovative solution for ransomware families not covered yet in the portal to help victims recover their files without giving into the demands of the criminals?</p><p>Then we want to hear from you!</p><h2>Better safe than sorry</h2><p>The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. Users are strongly advised to:</p><p>Always keep a copy of their most important files somewhere else: in the cloud, on another drive, on a memory stick, or on another computer.</p><ul><li>Use reliable and up-to-date anti-virus software.</li><li>Not download programs from suspicious sources.</li><li>Not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible.</li><li>And if you are a victim, don’t pay the ransom!</li></ul><p>Find more information and prevention tips on <a href=""></a></p>
Council agrees negotiating mandate to strengthen VIS agrees negotiating mandate to strengthen VIS19/12/2018 15:00:00<p>In response to changing migration and security challenges, the EU is improving its Visa Information System (VIS), a tool used by authorities to register and check persons applying for a visa to enter the Schengen area.</p><p>EU ambassadors today agreed the Council's negotiating position on a proposal to amend the Visa Information System (VIS) regulation. On the basis of this mandate, the Council Presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament once the latter has adopted its position.</p><p>We have a duty to ensure that those coming into the European Union do not pose a threat to our citizens and are not using false pretences to get round existing migration rules. The new VIS rules will help improve security, especially via the registration of long-stay visa and residence permit applications in the system. <br><i>Herbert Kickl, Minister of the Interior of Austria</i></p><p>The main aims of the amending regulation are to:</p><ul><li> further strengthen the security of the short-stay visa procedure </li><li> include long-stay visas and residence permits in the database </li><li> ensure interoperability between the VIS and other relevant EU systems and databases </li></ul><h2>Information in the VIS</h2><p>Under the proposed new rules, the VIS will not only include information on short-stay visas but also on long-stay visas and residence permits, as these documents allow for free movement within the Schengen area. Registering these documents in a centralised database will help the authorities to verify their authenticity and validity.</p><p> Read the <a href="">full Press Release</a>. </p>