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On 8 September 2017, the Council of the European Union reviewed the draft of the new e-Privacy Regulation (“EPR”) – previously published by the European Commission on 10 January 2017 -, which allows the use of first-party and third-party analytic cookies without express consent of the end-user.

The Internet landscape has significantly changed over the last few years impacting on how we communicate with each other and on our everyday lives. With more and more personal shared online and high-profile cyber security scandals hitting the headlines, companies and individuals need better guidelines on how to deal with cyber attacks which threaten data security. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looks to do address this need.

Today, the 25th of October 2017, the European DIGITAL SME Alliance and cyberwatching.eu organized the first SME workshop on cybersecurity research and innovation at ENISE, Spain’s most important event on cybersecurity. Aimed at ‘Bridging R&I with the business world’, the workshop was the first of 10 similar events that will take place across Europe until 2020.

Driven by the increasing need for sufficient IT security professionals, ENISA organizes the European Cyber Security Challenge that is aimed at identifying new talents in cyber security. National teams from all across Europe will compete against each other in solving security related tasks, to determine the country with the most gifted aspiring hackers.

Cyberwatching.eu were part of the first EUNITY wokshop in Tokyo today. Nick Ferguson, Trust-IT Services and Cyberwatching.eu coordinator presented how the Cyberwatching.eu project will help SMEs to address cybersecurity challenges that they face by giving them direct access to the results emerging from EU R&I project results.

NIST and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate have recently worked in collaboration with the industry internet to increase the cybersecurity of electronic messages and data flowing through the internet.

WISER supports the European Cyber Security Month with a series of 3 workshops in Romania, Italy and Spain with the aim of helping businesses to improve their cyber security culture, offering innovative and affordable tools and services to breaking down barriers to effective cyber risk management.

On Tuesday 19th September, the European Commission and the High Representative proposed a wide-ranging set of measures to increase cybersecurity in the EU.

Vice president for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip together with fellow commissioners on security, Julian King, and digital affairs, Mariya Gabriel, detailed the plan to improve EU citizens and companies to tackle cyber threats by upgrading the EU's existing cybersecurity agency and encouraging  companies to improve their own defenses.

According to the NIST report, "The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework improves communication, about how to identify, recruit, develop, and retain cyber security talent". Employers, recruiters, and guidance counselors, for example, may use the framework as a resource when writing cybersecurity job descriptions, or use it to define with greater clarity the types of IT security professionals in the workforce.

Cyberwatching.eu partner Digital SME Alliance, in collaboration with the European CyberSecurity Organisation (ECSO) has published a Position Paper on "European Cybersecurity Strategy: Fostering the SME ecosystem".

The position paper provides an overview of measures to facilitate SMEs’ cybersecurity ecosystem, and contribute to boosting the offer and the demand for SMEs’ cybersecurity solutions.

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The European Network for Cybersecurity (NeCS) PhD School was launched in response to the increasing need of highly qualified experts in cyber-security. The School addresses the issues of training and development of talented junior researchers as indicated in the European Cybersecurity strategy and highlighted in the EC's Digital Agenda.

20/01/2020 to 24/01/2020

Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and emerging issues. Each year, CPDP offers a compelling and diverse line-up of speakers and panels. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

22/01/2020 to 24/01/2020