The Commission recommends cementing the role of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security as the key cyber security agency, and providing it with more resources to develop policy, implement capacity-building programmes, support research, and establish a cyber security certification scheme.
European Commission - High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (7 February 2013)
Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
The Convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security. It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception.
Its main objective, set out in the preamble, is to pursue a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrime, especially by adopting appropriate legislation and fostering international co-operation.
The Convention is the product of four years of work by Council of Europe experts, but also by the United States, Canada, Japan and other countries which are not members of the Organisation. It has been supplemented by an Additional Protocol making any publication of racist and xenophobic propaganda via computer networks a criminal offence. [FROM THE CONVENTION'S SUMMARY]
INFO: James A. Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy Program, testified before U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, on "Securing America’s Future: The Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION (latest version is dated 2013)
Offering "guidelines and general principles for initiating, implementing, maintaining, and improving information security management within an organization.”