EU cybersecurity agency seeks funds and power to police attacks

From: Euractiv

By Catherine Stupp

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA will receive a makeover in September when the European Commission renews its mandate amid a whirlwind of new cybersecurity measures. The director of the Athens-based agency has been requesting a larger budget to deal with the rise in attacks on internet-connected devices.

“It would be good to have seven days a week, 24 hour resources here,” ENISA director Udo Helmbrecht said in an interview.

Helmbrecht called the EU response to the WannaCry ransomware hack, which affected thousands of people over a week ago, the first example of collaboration by authorities across the EU. National experts shared information and put out warnings to internet users over the weekend, he said.

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