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In a Europe plagued by hacking and shaken by the dramatic revelations of US snooping, the role of EU cybersecurity agency Enisa looks likely to grow. Jenny Maukola considers the organisation’s achievements and aims.

Until this year, political discussions about cybersecurity were mostly related to the EU’s perceived enemies. But the discovery of widespread spying by the continent’s closest ally, the United States, has caused much consternation as people fear for the safety of their personal data.

Enisa, the EU Agency for Network and Information Security, says it was not shocked by the US National Security Agency’s activities. “We work on cybersecurity issues from a technological point of view and, although the political dimension has become more acute, this scenario was known to us years before the NSA scandal broke,” explains Louis Marinos, senior adviser at Enisa.

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