CyberSec4Europe aligns and interconnects a vast pool of research excellence in existing centres and research facilities, bringing together cybersecurity expertise in an interdisciplinary manner while developing a governance model for this activity and the future European Cybersecurity Competence Network. It consolidates and reinforces the cooperation and synergies between the research and industrial communities.
The project has identified seven key demonstration cases in different domains addressing prominent research areas in the public and private sectors. By aligning closely with real-world issues, cyber threats and security problems, our combined cybersecurity capacities can significantly boost the success of businesses and protect the rights of citizens in the EU. While businesses will profit from several new opportunities provided by the blueprints and technology enablers, the orientation towards value-driven EU legislation will protect the rights of its citizens.
CyberSec4Europe takes a robust, evolutionary path based upon five foundational pillars thus exemplifying an effective cybersecurity competence network. These are:
1. Governance: Leveraging the important experience gained from (for example) the FIDIS and NESSOS Networks of Excellence , we are devising a proven, feasible and sustainable governance model for the Cybersecurity Competence Network, while at the same time other governance structures such as CERN and the US NIST are also being considered for benchmarking.
2. Cooperation: The unique and broad composition of the project covering all key areas brings together and enables novel and forward-looking modes of cooperation between stakeholders with complementary interests and skills, from the public and private sectors, research, SMEs, industry, and academia, both European and global.
3. Building future-oriented European capabilities: To prepare and train the new generation of cybersecurity professionals for both research and business tasks, we intend to increase the depth and breadth of usable cybersecurity skills in Europe as well as improve access to necessary facilities for research, development, experimentation and testing.
4. EU leadership in cybersecurity innovation: We are demonstrating that European research and innovation can effectively create next-generation digital technologies as well as leading-edge products, solutions and services that have strong market potential.
5. Support the complete industrial value chain: By reducing fragmentation to ensure that the EU is a net exporter rather than an importer of know-how, we are going to demonstrate through our use cases the impact on a broad range of health, smart cities, finance, e-commerce, transport and supply chain scenarios. The target is to reinforce European industry as well as to address the security and resilience of the Digital Single Market.