Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network
To strengthen European cybersecurity capacity, the Commission proposed the creation of a new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and a network of national coordination centres. The Centre which will be situated in Bucharest will pool expertise and align European development and deployment of cybersecurity technology. It will work with industry, the academic community and others to build a common agenda for investments into cybersecurity, and decide on funding priorities for research, development and roll-out of cybersecurity solutions, for example, through the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe Programmes).
The Four Pilot Projects
For the realisation of a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre with a Network of National Coordination Centres (CCCN), the European Commission launched a pilot phase under the Horizon 2020 programme. In support of this, the pilot projects CONCORDIA, ECHO, SPARTA and CyberSec4Europe started at the beginning of 2019 with similar goals to assist the EC during the establishment of the CCCN.
Currently, the four pilot projects are running to lay the groundwork for the Competence Centre and Network. They involve more than 170 partners and collaborate closely under the brand Cyber Competence Network. Representatives from the four pilots are collaborating in a set of focus groups, ranging from governance, education and communications to cyber ranges, roadmapping and threat intelligence.
To have a better overview of cybersecurity expertise and capacity across the EU, the Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) has built a comprehensive platform called the Cybersecurity Atlas. The Atlas is a knowledge management platform to map, categorise and stimulate collaboration between European cybersecurity experts in support of the EU Digital Strategy. Organisations participating in the Atlas have the opportunity to enlarge their research network, to get in contact with relevant peers, and to improve their organisation’s visibility.
The Atlas comprises:
- Institutions and expertise: An interactive map showing the location and expertise of cybersecurity organisations and their area(s) of expertise.
Cybersecurity taxonomy defining cybersecurity terminologies to ensure harmonisation.
Competence network: the four pilot projects embracing over 170 partners including companies, SMEs, universities and research institutes (see above)
Detailed information about EU and national research projects.
Courses and training offered by the organisations participating in the Atlas.
Cybersecurity experts list (coming soon).
CyberSec4Europe is a consortium of 43 partners across 20 Member States and two Associated Countries. With over 100 cybersecurity projects between them, the CyberSec4Europe consortium partners cover a wide spectrum of cybersecurity issues: 14 key cybersecurity domain areas, 11 technology/applications elements and nine crucial vertical sectors.
See the Associates page and find out the benefits of becoming an Associate Partner.
Friends of CyberSec4Europe
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Synergies with other H2020 projects
In addition to working with the other three pilot projects, CyberSec4Europe collaborates with many other topic-specific H2020 projects.