eu-LISA Launches Bits & Bytes Launches Bits & Bytes30/07/2020 12:00:00<p>Today, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) launches its first issue of Bits & Bytes, a digital newsletter showcasing the Agency's recent progress and ongoing activities in the JHA domain.</p><p>In this first edition we take a look at the impact COVID-19 is having on eu-LISA's activities - including a comprehensive overview of the state-of-play regarding the development of the new large-scale IT systems that will strengthen Europe's internal security.</p><p>Further to that, you can meet our new Deputy Executive Director, Luca Tagliaretti, in a short interview and have a look at upcoming events as well as those past that shaped our year so far and much much more! <br></p><p>Moving away from the classical newsletter model, Bits & Bytes is a modern, responsive, full-feature website. Readers can access Bits & Bytes via an easy to remember link: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br></p><p>Enjoy the read!<br></p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/nl.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:785px;" /> </a> </p>
4 years of "No More Ransom!" years of "No More Ransom!"27/07/2020 07:00:00<p>The No More Ransom (NMR) project is celebrating its 4th anniversary this year - Join us and the other 160+ partners from both public and private sectors in wishing it well!<br></p><p>Launched in July 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, the project enables cooperation between law enforcement and the private sector to fight ransomware together. </p><p>In the past months, during the COVID-19 outbreak, ransomware cases have increased alarmingly, affecting many organisation and individuals, including national healthcare systems. In this context, the projects supports the affected entities to fight back without paying the ransom. In these times, partners are joining the fight and decryption tools are becoming available at a growing rate and encouraging speed.</p><p>On <a href=""></a> users can find information on what ransomware is and how to protect themselves and, equally important, victims can find tools to help them decrypt their blocked devices for free.<br></p><h2>Further Readings:<br></h2><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Europol Press Release</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Infographic</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">No More Ransom website</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Connecting the Dots in a New Security Ecosystem the Dots in a New Security Ecosystem24/07/2020 10:00:00<p>​Today, the European Commission sets out a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. From combatting terrorism and organised crime, to preventing and detecting hybrid threats and increasing the resilience of our critical infrastructure, to promoting cybersecurity and fostering research and innovation, the strategy lays out the tools and measures to be developed over the next 5 years to ensure security in our physical and digital environment.</p><p> This strategy lays out 4 strategic priorities for action at EU level: </p><ol><li> <b>A future-proof security environment</b><br>Individuals rely on key infrastructures, online and offline, to travel, work or benefit from essential public services; and attacks on such infrastructures can cause huge disruptions. Preparedness and resilience are key for quick recovery. The Commission will put forward new EU rules on the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure, physical and digital.</li><li> <b>Tackling evolving threats</b><br>Criminals increasingly exploit technological developments to their ends, with malware and data theft on the rise. The Commission will make sure that existing EU rules against cybercrime are fit for purpose and correctly implemented, and will explore measures against identity theft.</li><li> <b>Protecting Europeans from terrorism and organised crime</b><br>Fighting terrorism starts with addressingthe polarisation of society, discrimination and other factors that can reinforce people's vulnerability to radical discourse. The work on anti-radicalisation will focus on early detection, resilience building and disengagement, as well as rehabilitation and reintegration in society.</li><li> <b>A strong European security ecosystem</b><br>Governments, law enforcement authorities, businesses, social organisations, and those living in Europe all have a common responsibility in fostering security. Research and innovation are powerful tools to counter threats  and to anticipate risks and opportunities. As part of the review of Europol's mandate, the Commission will look into the creation of a European Innovation hub for internal security.</li></ol><p> eu-LISA has always been an integral part of the Security Union Strategy and is committed to contributing and supporting with the Large-Scale IT Systems iit manages and to all related initiatives with the European Commission.<br></p><h2>Related readings:</h2><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Communication on the EU Security Union Strategy</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Security Union - European Commission Website</a></li></ul> <br>
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic’-Response-To-the-COVID-19-Pandemic.aspxEU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic15/07/2020 07:45:00<p>Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nine Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies (<a href="">CEPOL</a>, <a href="">EASO</a>, <a href="">EIGE</a>, <a href="">EMCDDA</a>, <a href="">eu-LISA</a>, <a href="file:///C:/Users/popessa/Desktop/jhaa/Eurojust">Eurojust</a>, <a href="">Europol</a>, <a href="">FRA</a> and <a href="">Frontex</a>) have been supporting the Member States and EU institutions in meeting the unprecedented challenges resulting from the outbreak of the virus - each agency in its respective area of work.</p><p>In the past months, all JHA agencies have taken the necessary measures to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operational support. At the same time, the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies' Network (JHAAN), under the chairmanship of Eurojust, has initiated a mutual dialogue to share the agencies' experiences in dealing with the pandemic and to consider new avenues for closer cooperation with key stakeholders inside and outside the EU.</p><p> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/20200715%20JHAAN%20Joint%20Paper.pdf"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200715_infographic_th.jpg" alt="" style="float:left;margin-right:10px;margin-bottom:5px;max-width:220px;border:1px solid #d1d3d4;" /></a>The agencies' individual and joint efforts to deal with the impact of the pandemic have been captured in a <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/20200715%20JHAAN%20Joint%20Paper.pdf">Joint Paper on the COVID-19 response by the JHA agencies</a>, which was formally endorsed by the Heads of JHA agencies during a videoconference held on 9 July. During their meeting, the Heads discussed the latest developments, including the fundamental rights implications of government COVID-19 measures, the quick adaptation of organised crime to the changing circumstances and the recent surge in drug use, domestic violence and child abuse.</p><p>To more effectively tackle these and other issues related to the protection of citizens and freedoms, there is a need for increased interagency cooperation in the field of digitalisation and also for sustainable financial resources in the coming years. </p><p>The COVID-19 pandemic coincides with the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Justice and Home Affairs agencies' Network. In the past decade, this family of JHA agencies joined forces as guardians of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Together, they contributed to the implementation of EU's objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against serious organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights.</p> <p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200715_quote.jpg" alt="" style="border:1px solid #d1d3d4;max-width:85%;" /></p><p> <br> </p><p><strong>Further reading</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">JHA Coordination</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Response of JHA agencies to COVID-19</a></li></ul><br>