By David Neal
27 May 2008
ENISA, the EU Agency for European Network and Information Security, has
today been speaking about the most pressing online security risks facing
The group presented its General Report, warning that "Europe should not
wait for a "digital 9/11", but instead reduce imbalances in national
security approaches." Otherwise, it warned the European economy was at
The economy, ENISA explained was threatened by malicious internet and
email users, such as those that send spam or phishing mails. It said,
"Today, 30 per cent of global trade is "digitally dependent". Spam costs
business about 64,5bn in 2007 (Euros), double the 2005 figure. As only 6
per cent of spam reaches mailboxes, the problem is perceived to be under
control. However, it is growing in quantity, size and bandwidth and
remains a costly problem, with 94 per cent of spam being the invisible
part of the 'iceberg'."
The Executive Director of ENISA, Andrea Pirotti added, "Europe must take
security threats more seriously and invest more resources in NIS"
Therefore, ENISA calls for the EU to introduce mandatory reporting on
security breaches and incidents for business, just as the US has already
The Member States should undertake concerted efforts to reduce the
imbalances in security levels, with more cross-border cooperation. ENISA
is confident that the need for secure networks to safeguard the European
economy is a distinct driving force for Member States to cooperate more
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