The fight against cyber crime was stepped up last week as Neelie Kroes, the European Commission’s Digital Agenda commissioner, announced that the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) was to be given greater power.

With Enisa’s mandate now reaching into 2017, Kroes obviously sees the agency as a key to many areas – including advising on a Computer Emergency Response Team and the development of a pan-European cyber security alert system.

“With this proposal Enisa will be able to make a greater contribution to ensuring a safer online environment…Once these reforms have been enacted, Europe’s governments, businesses and citizens will be more prepared and better defended against cyber threats.”

Kroes called on the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to adopt the proposal straight away and so increase online security. Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro was pleased with the ‘international/transnational’ force pushing for improved internet security.

“We hope that internet service providers will work closely with the new proposals in order to respond quickly and effectively to fresh intelligence regarding criminal activity.”