National networks (1)
In Platform 4 Cyber of the Coordination Committee on Intelligence and Security (CCIV), the intelligence and security services discuss general cyber security policies.
Consultation between the supervisory authorities of Operators of Vital Importance takes place via the Cyber Security Sectoral Authority Platform (CySSAP).
The Cybercrime Expertise Network (REN) brings together cybercrime experts from the public services for periodic consultation. General coordination is performed by the public prosecutor's office in Antwerp.
The CSI/DPO (les Conseillers en Sécurité de l'Information/Data Protection Officers) platform brings together the security advisers and data protection officers of each public service. A specific meeting on cyber issues is organised every quarter, in relation to CCB/CERT's Quarterly Cyber Threat Report.
SIT (Synergy IT) is the platform for sharing knowledge and consulting between IT managers from all federal public services (Federal Public Services, Public Social Security Institutions and Public Utility Institutions). SIT meets on a monthly basis, with the aim of setting up and monitoring joint IT initiatives, both public procurement and projects, as well as providing basic technical input for G-Cloud initiatives.
National networks (2)
Belgium's formal positions in international discussions are developed via the appropriate channels of the FPS Foreign Affairs, including DGE and the Digital Task Force.
The Interministerial Economic Commission (IEC) is an independent, flexible, technical-administrative coordination mechanism at the Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy that can assist in defining and coordinating the administrative positions of the federal and federated authorities in national, European and international cases, including in the area of cyber security.
In the ISP think tank, the CCB consults once every two months with the largest Internet Service Providers in Belgium on concrete measures and projects that can increase cyber security for Belgian citizens and companies.
The Cyber Security Coalition Belgium regularly brings together experts in the field from the private, academic and public sectors. This happens through experience-sharing events and in focus groups to discuss best practices, experiences or initiatives about various topics such as cloud security, NIS, crypto, etc.
The Quarterly Cyber Threat Report (QCTR) events, organized by the CCB, bring together different stakeholders and consultation platforms at least once a quarter and inform all participants as well as the Operators of Vital Importance about the active cyber threats.
At the QCTR events, the activities of the CCB’s Early Warning System (EWS) are also discussed. Via this platform, the CCB sends relevant and analysed threat information to the national security services, Operators of Vital Importance and their sectoral authorities.
At a European level
The Belgian NIS Act of 7 April 2019 designated the CCB as the Single Point of Contact for cybersecurity under the European NIS Directive. In this capacity, it represents Belgium in the NIS Cooperation Group and in its various sub-working groups.
Pending the formal establishment of a National Cybersecurity Certification Authority, the CCB, together with other relevant government departments, represents Belgium in the European Cybersecurity Certification Group (ECCG), established under the EU Cybersecurity Act, and in ENISA's ad hoc working groups in which new certification schemes are prepared ().
The CCB’s Director is a member of the management board of ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity ().
The CCB acts as an expert in support of Belgium’s Permanent Representation in the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues (HWP-CI) within the Council of the European Union, or in other relevant EU forums.
The CCB is a member of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the European Commission’s private counterpart in the implementation of the contractual public-private partnership (cPPP) on cyber security.
On an international level
The CCB is Belgium’s operational Point of Contact for the Informal Working Group on Cyberspace within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In this working group, participating states work together to develop Confidence Building Measures.
The CCB represents Belgium as a member of the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise (GFCE), a worldwide platform for countries, international organisations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise in cyber capacity building.
If requested, the CCB provides expertise to Belgium’s representations to NATO and the United Nations in the area of cyber security.
Where appropriate, the CCB also participates in the relevant cyber security debates within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
At an operational level
The NIS Act of 7 April 2019 designated the CCB as the national Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). The Belgian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT.be) is an operational department of the CCB. Through CERT.be, the CCB is represented in various operational forums, such as the EU CSIRT network, the European Government CERTs Group (EGC), FIRST, and TF-CSIRT.
The CCB also participates in international exercises, such as Cyber Europe, which is organised every two years by ENISA.