Software Vulnerability Disclosure in Europe

CEPS, as part of the Cybersecurity@CEPS Initiative, launched a Task Force on "Software Vulnerability Disclosure in Europe" on September 27th.

For decades, the issue of SW vulnerability disclosure has been the subject of a lively debate in the information security arena. Recent events, however, have created a new sense of urgency on this issue. The ransomware attacks from Wannacry took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft software discovered by the National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked by a group of hackers called Shadow Brokers. Such incidents raise the attention on the widespread activity of stockpiling vulnerabilities by national intelligence agencies around the world. Moreover, with the development of the Internet of Things and billions of devices connected to the internet, the attack surface is becoming broader and the impact of vulnerabilities will be even greater, thereby increasing the risks to critical infrastructure.

The CEPS Task Force on SW Vulnerability Disclosure in Europe will look at key aspects of the debate on this issue with the purpose of defining guideline to harmonize the process of Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) in Europe. The Task force will then outline specific principles for member states for the development of a European vulnerability equity process (VEP) with clear priority given to reporting vulnerabilities to vendors.


  • Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament

The Research Group
: Lorenzo Pupillo, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS


  • Afonso Ferreira, Directeur de Recherche CNRS
  • Gianluca Varisco, Cybersecurity Expert, Italian Digital Transformation Team
  • Antonella Zarra, Research Assistant, CEPS

Kick-off meeting: Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - Download the agenda

Date 2nd meeting: 29 November 2017 - Download the Agenda


Date 3rd meeting: 31 January 2018 - Download the agenda

How to join
Download the Prospectus, consult the conditions for participation, fill in application form and return it us.
For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lorenzo Pupillo, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS by email at: