The management board of the European Union’s Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, designated in July its new executive director, Juhan Lepassaar, and he started his duties on 16 October. He will be leading the agency, which has just achieved a permanent mandate within the provisions of the Cybersecurity Act, that increases the Agency’s role in cyber crisis coordination and response.

Lepassaar, Estonian, has been a strong supporter of the development of the cybersecurity policy as Head of cabinet of Andrus Ansip, Vice-president for the digital single market in the EU Commission for the past 5 years. Previously, he was director for EU affairs at the Government office of Estonia.

“The cybersecurity issues at stake are now widely recognised as crucial for Europe on the political level, not just the technical level”, he stated, adding that his vision for the agency builds on two pillars, EU’s Network and Information Security Directive, and the Cybersecurity Act.

ENISA has been established in 2004. It is located in Athens, Greece and has a second office in Heraklion, Greece. Over its lifespan, the agency has increased its visibility and impact in the EU, by supporting incident reporting, national cybersecurity strategies and exercises to keep the European cyberspace secured and equipped to swiftly manage cyber-attacks.