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Strengthening cyber-resilience across critical infrastructures

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EUROCONTROL and EE-ISAC sign new Cooperation Agreement

The new Cooperation Agreement will enable EUROCONTROL and EE-ISAC to strengthen the cyber-resilience of two interlinked sectors that contain critical infrastructures. Both institutions will now share cyber-threat intelligence and actionable cyber information, enabling them to prioritise effective mitigation and detection means to counter cyber threats.

Brussels, Belgium – Today EUROCONTROL and EE-ISAC, the European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Centre, concluded a Cooperation Agreement to share cyber-threat intelligence, actionable cyber information such as knowledge about attackers’ modus operandi, and to prioritise effective mitigation and detection means to counter cyber threats.

This new cross-sectoral cooperation recognises the commonalities of energy and aviation as interlinked sectors, containing critical infrastructures that face similar challenges in the area of cyber-attacks, and shared vulnerabilities through infrastructure systems.

This new Cooperation Agreement forms part of EUROCONTROL’s efforts, through its EATM-CERT (European Air Traffic Management Computer Emergency Response Team) service, to promote actively the establishment of a pan-European cyber resilience framework across aviation, as well as with other transport modes and critical infrastructures.

EUROCONTROL provides cyber services to the aviation community, working with stakeholders to coordinate pan-European responses to air traffic management (ATM) cybersecurity alerts and incidents. These include carrying out security assessments; collecting, generating and distributing cyber intelligence; and helping stakeholders develop proactive and reactive capabilities against cyber threats and attacks.

Aviation and energy have key commonalities that this cooperation with EE-ISAC recognises. In today’s interconnected world, tackling common cyber threats and attacks and enhancing mutual cyber-resilience is a must, especially given the fragility of the aviation sector due to the pandemic.”

Patrick Mana EATM-CERT Manager EUROCONTROL

It is through the encounter with complex but surprising similar realities that info-sharing communities such as EE-ISAC and EUROCONTROL can grow by learning that those who attack our infrastructures do not know the barriers between the sectors but, on the contrary, sometimes exploit these barriers to reach their purposes. With this understanding, cross-sectoral collaboration fosters increased resilience for both industries during trying times.

Massimo Rocca Board Member EE-ISAC

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EUROCONTROL has as its primary objective to develop a seamless, pan-European air traffic management (ATM) system that fully copes with the growth in air traffic, while maintaining a high level of safety, reducing costs and respecting the environment. EUROCONTROL has 41 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,  Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. EUROCONTROL has Comprehensive Agreements with the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel.

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