The CyberSec4Europe cybersecurity competence centre
On February 1st, 2020, the cybersecurity competence centre pilot project CyberSec4Europe of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme will have been in progress for a year. The CyberSec4Europe consortium has been very active in gathering details about partner competences, mapping the existing assets and planning future research. The first demonstrators for the seven verticals (e-commerce, supply chain security assurance, privacy-preserving identity management, incident reporting, maritime transport, medical data exchange, smart cities) will be set up by the end of April 2020.
Self-sovereignty with respect to digital identity, and the desire for individuals to have genuine control over their data is a very interesting subject. In my eyes, this is a monumental challenge, one that I fear isn’t even realistic at the moment, though that shouldn’t stop anyone from trying. Part of me sees it as idealistic; something that would be great to have, but might never be achievable due to laws and regulations requiring certain ways of working in order to protect those involved. I also find, that depending on who I speak to, there are different beliefs and guiding principles surround self-sovereignty, some stricter than others, and I find it will likely be a case, that we will never be able to please all of the people, all of the time.