21st Article13a EG Meeting - Portugal (Security in Telecom)

8 March 2016, Lisbon Portugal, hosted by ANACOM.PT


In today’s interconnected world, telecommunications are transforming the way people engage in their everyday lives. Economic development is strongly related to the existence and well-functioning of the telecommunication networks. Electronic communications services guarantee the smooth transmission of data in this strongly interconnected world by providing the infrastructure for businesses and critical services to run. Electronic communication services also play a significant role in national security, emergency response and in the economic development of a country. As a result, an outage/disruption in any one of these areas can result in severe consequences.

Art. 13a, of the Directive 2009/140 EC, is part of the Telecom Package and aims at ensuring the security and integrity of electronic communication networks and services, dealing mostly with prevention of outages or service disruption (availability of the service). This is partially achieved through requiring telecommunication service providers to take the appropriate technical and organizational measures to manage the risks posed to security of networks and services, guarantee the integrity of their networks (ensure the continuity of supply of services provided over those networks) and notify the competent national regulatory authority (NRA) of a breach of security or loss of integrity that has had a significant impact on the operation of networks or services.

As a response to the directive’s requirements, in 2010, ENISA, Ministries and NRAs from member states, initiated a series of meetings (workshops, conference calls) in order to achieve a harmonized implementation of Art. 13a of the Framework directive. As a result of these meetings, a group of experts from NRAs, now entitled the Art. 13a Expert Group, reached agreement on three non-binding technical documents providing guidance to the NRAs in the EU Member States:

The Art. 13a Expert Group continues to meet several times a year, to develop and improve technical guidelines, to discuss upon the implementation of Art. 13a and to share knowledge and exchange views about past incidents, and how to address them.

Art. 13a Expert Group has members from all NRAs in EU and EEA.


Hotel Novotel Lisboa,
Avenida Jose Malhoa 1, Lisbon 1099-051, Portugal

The meeting starts at 09:00 and ends  at 18:00.

Contact persons:
Dan Tofan, mobile: +306972039624, Dan.Tofan@enisa.europa.eu
Christina Skouloudi, mobile: +306972075555, Christina.Skouloudi@enisa.europa.eu

Registration is closed.