PICTFOR-IPT European Delegation: Cyber Security Commission


PICTFOR and IPT delegation on the steps of the European Parliament

PICTFOR and IPT delegation on the steps of the European Parliame

In collaboration with The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), PICTFOR led a delegation of parliamentarians, including PICTFOR’s co-Chair Stephen Mosley MP and Vice Chair Andrew Miller MP, as well as academics and industry representatives to the European Parliament to discuss UK/EU cyber security co-operation.  The 2-day visit began on Tuesday 11th February and involved discussion of a range of cyber security related issues as part of the IPT’s Cyber Security Commission.

In particular, the group focused its discussions on the range of initiatives that have recently been released by the European Parliament, in particular the EU Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS). The cyber security research opportunities available to industry were under consideration during a meeting with representatives of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The delegation participated in a positive discussion with the UK Representation to the European Parliament, analysing the possible effects on industry as a result of the NIS Directive. Delegates met with a number of European Parliament members to listen to their views on issues such as supply chain security and protecting critical national infrastructure.

The visit also included a policy discussion over dinner in which Robert Madelin, Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology and Dr Steve Purser, Head of Core Operations Department, European Network and Information Security Agency spoke about their thoughts on the future of cyber security and possible solutions in an ever changing cyber environment. James Arbuthnot MP, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, will chair a follow up policy dinner in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25th March.

The IPT’s Cyber Security Commission will conclude in June 2014 with the publication of a report outlining a set of recommendations and reflections on UK/EU cyber security co-operation.

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