During the last Privacy Focus Group meeting, the VBO-FEB explained the functioning and the advantages of the interactive DPO Connect platform which was set up by the Data Protection Authority (DPA) in collaboration with DPO-Pro and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) with the support of the European Commission.
NIS workshop – 26 November 2019 – Operationalizing the NIS Directive in the water distribution industry
26 November 2019 – Cyber Security Coalition
Late November saw the kick–off meeting of a series of workshops on the NIS implementation in the impacted sectors. Chaired by Kurt Callewaert (Howest) and attended by almost 50 people, this meeting focused on the sector of water utilities. Though their sectorial authority had not yet been created and not all companies were not yet designated, an inspiring mix of presentations and round tables indicated a clear path to take. Providers of essential services will focus on the technological and organizational implementation of three standards: ISO 27K1 (for IT systems), ISA 62443 (for Operational Technology/industrial automation) and the relevant NIST standard (for utilities active in the USA). The discussion already covered best practices, the ’NIS journey’ and a NIS related exercise.
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