European Union Agency for Network and Information Security

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European Network and Information Security Agency
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Agency overview
Formed 13 March 2004 (2004-03-13)
Jurisdiction European Union
Headquarters Heraklion, Greece
Agency executives
  • Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director
  • Jörgen Samuelsson, Chairperson of the Management Board
Key document

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security - self-designation ENISA from the abbreviation of its original name - is an agency of the European Union. It is fully operational since September 1, 2005. It has its seat in Heraklion, Crete (Greece).

ENISA was created in 2004 by EU Regulation No 460/2004 under the name of European Network and Information Security Agency. The new basic regulation is EU Regulation No 526/2013 referencing it as the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). The objective of ENISA is to improve network and information security in the European Union. The agency has to contribute to the development of a culture of network and information security for the benefit of the citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector organisations of the European Union, and consequently will contribute to the smooth functioning of the EU Internal Market.

ENISA assists the Commission, the Member States and, consequently, the business community in meeting the requirements of network and information security, including present and future EU legislation. ENISA ultimately strives to serve as a centre of expertise for both Member States and EU Institutions to seek advice on matters related to network and information security.

ENISA supported 2010-, 2012- and Cyber Europe 2014 pan-European cybersecurity exercises.[1][2][3][4]


ENISA is managed by the Executive Director, and supported by a staff composed of experts representing stakeholders such as the information and communication technologies industry, consumer groups and academic experts. The Agency is overseen by the Management Board, which is composed of representatives from the EU Member States, the EU Commission and other stakeholders. The Permanent Stakeholders Group was established by and gives advice to the Executive Director.

The Agency had a budget of 32 million Euro (for all years of 2005 to 2009). The Agency mandate was extended up to 2012 with an annual budget of 8 million Euro, under the leadership of Dr. Udo Helmbrecht. Presently ca 55 staff work at the Agency. There are plans for additional experts to be integrated into the agency (in an "ENISA II" regulation) but the decision on the new organisation is not yet decided.

In 2007, European Commissioner Viviane Reding proposed that ENISA be folded into a new European Electronic Communications Market Authority (EECMA).[5] The European Commission has clearly signalled that they want a reinforced Agency, on 19 May 2010, by Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

Executive Director

See also


  1. "EUROPA - Press Releases - Digital Agenda: cyber-security experts test defences in first pan-European simulation". Retrieved 2010-11-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Cyber Europe 2010". Retrieved 2014-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Cyber Europe 2012". Retrieved 2014-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Cyber Europe 2014". Retrieved 2014-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Lorraine Mallinder (May 14, 2008), Enisa – an agency fighting for its survival European Voice.

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