The European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) created in 2011 the Cybersecurity Coordination group to provide strategic advice on standardization in the field of IT security, Network and Information Security (NIS) and Cyber Security (CS). The Group was converted into CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on Cybersecurity in 2016.

The Focus Group on Cybersecurity (CSCG) will support CEN and CENELEC to explore ways and means for supporting the growth of the Digital Single market. To this end, the CSCG will analyse technology developments and develop a set of recommendations to its parent bodies for international standards setting ensuring a proper level playing field for businesses and public authorities.

The Group will preparing a European roadmap on cybersecurity standardization and will actively support global initiatives on cybersecurity standards that are compliant with EU requirements in view of development of trustworthy ICT products, systems and services.

In 2016, the Focus Group looked into the different usages/ meanings of the 'cybersecurity' word by various stakeholders in different standards and finalized a document Definition of Cybersecurity (pdf format) consisting of an overview of overlaps and gaps of those definitions with a view of moving towards a common understanding of the cyber security domain.

Additionally, the Coordination Group liaises actively with the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the Multi‐Stakeholders Platform on ICT standardization.


All relevant stakeholders are welcome to actively contribute to the activities of this group. Should you be interested in taking part to the group, please contact Alina Iatan. The group meets on a quarterly basis.  

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CEN and CENELEC contact Person: Constant Kohler