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European Commission Signs CyberSec4Europe Grant Agreement

This week, representatives of the European Commission signed the grant agreement launching the CyberSec4Europe project, one of four such projects to be selected. The successful proposals were submitted in response to the call under Horizon 2020 to establish and operate a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network and to develop and implement a common cybersecurity research and innovation roadmap.

With its aim to boost the effectiveness of the Security Union, the EU wishes to ensure that it retains and develops essential capacities to secure its digital economy, infrastructures, society and democracy. The EU has recognised that cybersecurity research, competences and investments are spread across Europe with too little alignment, and that there is an urgent need to step up investment in technological advancements that could make the Digital Single Market more cybersecure and overcome the fragmentation of EU research capacities.

“It is an honour for Cybernetica to participate in this initiative,” said Oliver Väärtnõu, Chairman of the Board of Cybernetica, one of the consortium members. “Europe today should align towards collaboration across borders – not that of states, but of disciplines and domains. This project is a welcome step towards a united discourse in the field of cybersecurity,” Väärtnõu added.

According to Peeter Laud, Director of Research at Cybernetica, the team of researchers are excited and proud to embark on the project, as it was kicked off today in Brussels. “We have been working with our European colleagues on different EU projects for years. This particular step reflects the results of a long journey. I would like to express gratitude on behalf of Cybernetica and my team to everyone who has helped this become reality,” Laud said.

Lead Co-ordinator, Professor Dr. Kai Rannenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, says: “On behalf of the CyberSec4Europe consortium of partners, we are extremely grateful to the European Commission for this opportunity to explore one of the most exciting initiatives in the area of multi-disciplinary, cross-sector cybersecurity research and innovation in Europe. We are very excited to be at the forefront of efforts to address the challenges in developing a common European approach to cybersecurity while protecting core European values such as privacy and the rights of smaller market players such as consumers and SMEs.”

The CyberSec4Europe contract starts with immediate effect and will last until July 2022 at a total cost of 16 MEUR.

CyberSec4Europe is a research-based consortium with 43 participants from 22 EU Member States and Associated Countries. As a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network, it will test and demonstrate potential governance structures for the network of competence centres using the best practice examples from the expertise and experience of the participants, including concepts like CERN.