Role of The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate (DNSC) in the DNS4EU project

The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate (DNSC) is specialised body of central public administration, subordinated to the Government and in the coordination of the Prime Minister, with legal personality, financed entirely from the state budget, through the budget of the General Secretariat of the Government.

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At the national level, DNSC is the competent authority for the national civilian cyberspace, including the management of risks and cyber incidents. DNSC performs functions and responsibilities such as: national CSIRT; cyber security incident response team for IT products and services used in the government sector; national cyber security certification authority; analysis and forecasting; identification, evaluation, monitoring and mitigation of cyber risks at national level; the management function of projects and services for activities; research and development; strategy and planning; cooperation and collaboration; alerting, prevention, awareness, and training; national competent authority for regulation, supervision, and control.

In the DNS4EU and European DNS Shield Project we're dedicated to create user-friendly guides and materials, (interactive web application and audio-visual materials) and other support material with clear instructions for setting up DNS for individual devices such as browsers, operating systems (including mobile), home routers or smart home devices (e.g. game consoles).  Our commitment extends to provide clear instructions and ensuring accessibility, and enhancing cybersecurity for EU Citizens. 

We focus to ensure compliance with lawful filtering requirements by developing automated tools to streamline the process, preparing tools for automated coverage of the lawful filtering requirements including the lists of the domains and the proper wording for the blocking page and providing a platform that allows ISPs and DNS4EU to take a burden of lawful filtering compliance off them. That will have the capability to automatically update the blacklists and allow us to meet the national requirements. Also, we will assess operational security requirements, reporting platform compliance with legal security standards, and ultimately, operationalizing the platform while meeting cybersecurity criteria. 

Considering our expertise as part of CSIRTs Network, DNSC’s participation in the DNS4EU project will strengthen the collaboration with CERTs and CSIRTs at European level, endorsing their participation to enhance threat intelligence exchange, effectively addressing both global and local cybersecurity threats.

This blog post was written by DNSC, a member of DNS4EU consortium.