New Ideas for Securing the Web

ENISA Recommends Key Fixes for Next-Gen Internet Safety
As far as Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA is concerned, now might be the golden opportunity for information security experts to influence the security and privacy measures that may help define Internet safety for the next decade or beyond.

"HTML5 is the first major upgrade to the web browser standards in over 10 years," says Hogben, programme manager for secure services at the European Network and Information Security Agency. "So we saw this is a major opportunity to get some 'security by design' in there."

Earlier in August, ENISA identified 50 security threats and proposed how they should be addressed by the Worldwide Web Consortium, which is currently working on major revisions to its core standards.

In Hogben's view, HTML5 represents a dramatic upgrade to current browsing standards, yet also presents new security and privacy challenges to individuals and organizations.

"This is really a historic, unique window of opportunity for us to actually influence the security of the browser," Hogben says. "After [this], security could be baked in for the next decade or more."

In an exclusive interview about ENISA's recommendations, Hogben discusses:

  • ENISA's multi-layered efforts to improve security standards;
  • Specific recommendations made regarding fixes to the pending web standards;
  • Other online security initiatives being pursued by the agency.

Dr. Hogben is programme manager for secure services at the European Network and Information Security Agency in Greece. He has led numerous studies on Network and Information security, including on topics such as Smartphone security, Cloud computing, Social Network security and European Identity card privacy. Before joining ENISA, he was a researcher at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy and led work on private credentials. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Gdansk University of Technology in Poland and graduated from Oxford University, UK in 1994 in Physics and Philosophy.

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