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EU gets a new boss for rating products for cybersecurity

ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information and Security, has been given a permanent role as the top EU cybersecurity body and the key judge of products to be assessed for cybersecurity weaknesses.

Reflecting the increased role of cybersecurity in governing society, the EU has made ENISA or the the European Union Agency for Network and Information and Security, a permanent fixture. ENISA will have a central role in coordinating EU nations’ responses to cybersecurity threats. 

The newly passed Cybersecurity Act ends ENISA’s temporary role, which was set to end in 2020 after a renewal in 2013. 

ENISA was the agency the EU proposed in 2017, with officials at the time admitting it was poorly prepared for cyberattacks that “can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks”

The agency will oversee the act’s new EU wide rules for the certification of products, processes and services, which could help improve the security of Internet of Things devices. ENISA will also become a permanent part of the EU going forward.