4 July 2019
Keynote and discussion in the context of the Finnish Presidency.

CyberSec4Europe hosted over 150 partners and guests at its second discussion and social event at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, featuring a keynote presentation from Turo Mattila on behalf of the Finnish EU Presidency.

The evening event following the second general meeting of CyberSec4Europe was opened with a welcome from Jan Schonebeck, Head of Unit, Hessen Representation to the EU and followed by Professor Kai Rannenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, the CyberSec4Europe project co-ordinator.

The theme of the evening was “The Cybersecurity Competence Network and Centre in the context of the Finnish EU Presidency”, and, to set the scene for the ensuing panel discussion, Turo Mattila, Deputy Representative of the Political and Security Committee for the EU provided the keynote address on behalf of the Finnish EU Presidency. Following questions and answers, a panel of distinguished experts was introduced by the panel moderator, David Goodman, Trust in Digital Life:

  • Elena Santiago Cid, Director General, CEN/CENELEC
  • Jean-François Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CNECT H1
  • Wojciech Wiewiorowski, Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
  • Evangelos Ouzounis, Head of Secure Infrastructure & Services, ENISA
  • Maria Luisa (Isa) Stasi, Senior Legal Officer, Article 19
  • Kimmo Halunen, VTT, standing in for Turo Mattila for the panel discussion

Following the keynote, the overall intention of the panel was to provide feedback on ideas for consideration during the coming six months of the Finnish Presidency.

27 June 2019
The CyberSecurity Act comes into force

13 March 2019
Four CyberSecurity Pilots meet European Commissioner of Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel 

From left to right: Despina Spanou (Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, European Commission), Florent Kirchner (SPARTA), Sotiris Ioannidis (CONCORDIA), Mariya Gabriel, Wim Mees (ECHO), Kai Rannenberg (CyberSec4Europe), Felicia Cutas (Communications Group)

The four Cybersecurity Competence Network pilots, with Kai Rannenberg representing CyberSec4Europe, met with the European Commissioner in charge of Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel in Strasbourg on 13 March. Cybersecurity research and policy initiatives was the subject on the agenda as well as a discussion on how the pilots can assist EU in strengthening its cybersecurity capacity. The European Commission proposal for a European Regulation establishing a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and a Network of National Cybersecurity Coordination Centres in 2021 was the guideline for tracing the mission and objectives of CyberSec4Europe, SPARTA, ECHO and CONCORDIA.

Here is the European Commission's rapid press release concerning the meeting with the Commissioner:

European Parliament adopts EU Cybersecurity Act to reinforce cybersecurity in the EU

Today, the European Parliament adopted the Cyber Security Act, which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker initially proposed in his State of the Union Address in September 2017. The Act will improve the European response to the increasing number of cyber threats by strengthening the role of the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and establishing a common European cybersecurity certification framework for IT services, systems and equipment. In September 2018 the Commission proposed to create a European network of centres of cybersecurity expertise, which will help to reinforce research and deployment of new cybersecurity capacities in the EU. Under the next long-term EU budget, the Commission has proposed more than €2 billion to reinforce cybersecurity in the Digital Europe Programme as well as under HorizonEurope. To lay the ground work for building this network, the Commission is investing more than €63.5 million in four pilot projects. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will meet tomorrow in Strasbourg a number of representatives of these projects, which involve more than 160 partners, including large companies, SMEs, universities and cybersecurity research institutes from 26 EU Member States.

26 February 2019
European Commission launches pilot projects to reinforce EU's cybersecurity capacity

As well as CyberSec4Europe's own press release, all four pilots followed the Commission's lead and issued announcements celebrating the launch of the pilot projects.