European Cybersecurity to standardise under ETSI

April 01, 2014 // By Julien Happich
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has opened a new technical committee on Cybersecurity to address the growing demands for standards in this field.

Because the internet has grown in importance and so many critical public infrastructures 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-authorised entities, or be remotely tampered with. The advent of the internet of things is only accelerating the need for better data protection.

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.

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 organisations 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.