Sophia Antipolis, 8 February 2023

On 7 February, the European Standards Organizations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, joined forces with ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, to organise their 7th annual conference. The hybrid conference took place at the Brussels Renaissance Hotel and focused on “European Standardization in support of the EU cybersecurity legislation”.

Given the latest developments in cybersecurity policy, the event focused once more on European standardization in support of EU cybersecurity legislation. Building on the effective contributions of past editions, this high-level event attracted over 1600 attendees from the European Union and from the international sphere.

The conference was organized around four panels, which discussed ongoing standardization work and future requirements. The event opened with the three executives of the European Standards Organizations, Ms. Elena Santiago Cid, Director-General of CEN and CENELEC, Mr. Wolfgang Niedziella, President of CENELEC, Mr. Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General, together with Mr. Andreas Mitrakas, head of unit "Market Certification & Standardization" at ENISA, as well as Ms. Christiane Kirketerp de Viron, head of unit Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy at the European Commission.

The first panel addressed the future of EU standardization with the “regional vs. international” angle.  The second panel dealt with the Cyber Resilience Act as a game changer and how standards can support it. eIDAS V2 and digital identities were the topics of the third panel, while the final panel gave an overview of the landscape of the EU cybersecurity legislation. Participants came from a diverse community of associations representing small and medium enterprises and vertical sectors, industry, and included several speakers from the European Commission.