European Cybersecurity to standardize under ETSI

European Cybersecurity to standardize under ETSI

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Because the internet has taken such an importance and so many critical public infrastructures (including the utility grids and so-called smart grids, transports just to name a few) can now be operated remotely with data aggregated and managed in the cloud, it is important to make sure that data cannot be accessed by non-authorized entities, or worth remotely tampered with. The expansive galaxy of internet of things is only accelerating the need for better data protection.

As we have grown dependent on networked digital systems, the variety and quantity of cyber-threats has also expanded from traditional IT security threats to new sources of threat such as social media, the cloud, new mobile devices or ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policies.


Of course, there are already many ways and standards to secure data transactions, but with so many implementations across the various EU Member States, it is not always easy to assess the respective risks and to make the right choices to ensure security. In some cases, it may be that weak implementations of good security measures will render them vulnerable to attacks (often at end-points or during data retention procedures).

Hence the Cybersecurity technical committee’s (TC CYBER) goal is to work closely with relevant stakeholders within and outside ETSI to collect, identify and specify requirements and thus develop appropriate standards to increase the privacy and security of organizations and citizens across Europe. Its aim is to come up with interoperable and transparent standards to secure current and evolving digital markets.

“With this new technical committee, we’ll be able to coordinate all networked security efforts across Europe, to avoid duplication of work and wasted resources. We’ll be able to establish standards for implementation practices too”, explained Carmine Rizzo, ETSI’s Technical Officer for the Cybersecurity Technical Committee.

“We have called for all sectors of society to put their efforts together, ETSI’s members can then agree on a consensus to achieve best security” continued Rizzo.

Rizzo sees the Cybersecurity technical committee as a unique home for all European countries’ security standards, open to contribution, where standards can be created on common grounds, based on best known encryption algorithms and methods. Then, because ETSI is already Europe’s recognized organism for telecommunication standards, it could steer new European norms.

“We are calling all sectors of society to put their efforts together”, added Rizzo, “it is really a business enabler for coordinated security efforts”.


As well as defining standards for Cybersecurity, the TC CYBER will provide security advice, guidance and operational security requirements to users, manufacturers and network and infrastructure operators. It will also come up with the security tools and techniques necessary to ensure security.

In addition to the specific standardization tasks it will perform, the TC CYBER will act as the ETSI centre of expertise in Cybersecurity. Over 100 ETSI member organizations from industry and academia have expressed their interest to join TC CYBER, says ETSI in a statement, with the first meeting to be held on 27-28 May 2014, at ETSI, Sophia-Antipolis, France.


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