CIRCL at the European Parliament - cyber criminality in the light of data protection

CIRCL at the European Parliament - cyber criminality in the light of data protection

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Luxembourg, March 25th, 2014 - The Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg (CIRCL) has been invited at the European Parliament to give an overview on the security incidents targeting citizens and “how the attackers are deceiving us”.

In the light of the data protection day, the Data protection service of the European Parliament organized on the 25th of March, 2014, a conference titled “Cyber criminality in the light of data protection: risks, consequences and prevention”.

The conference took place in Luxembourg and screened live via videoconference in Brussels. The session opened with Luca Rettore, Head of Unit Methods, Standards and ICT Security from the European Parliament, who presented the ICT security landscape within the Parliament, namely the rules, processes and best practices. Alexandre Dulaunoy, IT expert at the Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg, took over to give an overview of recent incidents in Luxembourg, with a description of the type of incidents (i.e. ransomware, malicious software and phishing), the attacker’s principles, some key national statistics and an explanation on how to limit the risks of attacks. Alexandre also stated that in 2013, CIRCL processed 35,958 events and conducted more than 1,006 technical investigations. There has been an increase in the quantity of attacks due to the growth of the attack surface: mobile devices, users and web applications, and the improved reporting process.

Christopher Docksey, Director of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), concluded with a presentation of his organization’s role, activities, objectives and the tools made available to ensure compliance. The EDPS is the European Union’s independent data protection authority that monitors and ensures the protection of personal data and privacy, when EU bodies process personal information of individuals.