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Lords Committee to hear advice on EU cyber protection policy

Symantec : 09 December, 2009  (Company News)
Symantec will address a committee at the House of Lords today on the subject of European collaborative defence against cyber attacks
Today, Symantec will advise the UK Parliament on the EU's policy on protecting European governments from large scale cyber attacks against critical infrastructure.

Ilias Chantzos, Symantec's director of government relations for Europe and Asia Pacific, will appear before a House of Lords committee at 10.30am on Wednesday 9th December to answer peers' questions on whether European governments are right to fear cyber-attacks and how they can work together to mitigate the risks they pose.

As up to 90 percent of the critical infrastructure on which Europe depends is privately owned and crosses international boundaries, Symantec will counsel that only a co-operative between public and private sectors and Member States can secure the EU from malicious attacks and high impact, low probability "Black Swan" (perceived as being impossible) events.

Symantec's evidence will cover: -

* How vulnerable the internet is to widespread technical failures and how it will be affected by natural disasters

* Whether regulatory intervention is unavoidable to ensure the resilience and stability of the internet, and what this will cost the Internet industry

* How concerned we should be about criminally operated "botnets" and can the problem be tackled at a European level

* Should the military be more involved in protecting the internet

* Is the European Commission right to encourage public-private partnerships as a means of protecting critical infrastructure

* Does 'market failure' mean that Europe is inadequately prepared for high impact Black Swan events?

* Should Europe be developing its own approach or following the lead of the US?

* Is the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) the right body to develop national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)within EU member states
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