The Institute of Informatics acquired two H2020 projects

Publish date: 2019/03/05 | Expire date: 2019/03/22 | Author: Pia Prebevšek

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The European Commission has announced the launch of four cybersecurity pilot projects in the Horizon 2020 programme with a total value of more than 60 million EUR. The Institute of Informatics is a participant in two of the four selected projects. Both projects are led by the Laboratory for Data Technologies:

H2020 Project CyberSec4Europe – Establish and operate a Cybersecurity Competence Network

In February 2019, as a part of the Horizon 2020 program, the CyberSec4Europe project was launched. The main objective of the project is to establish and operate a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network with the aim to strengthen research and deepen cooperation in the field of cyber security in the EU. Part of the project consortium with 43 partners from 22 EU Member States and associated countries is also the Laboratory of Data Technologies, Institute of Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor. CyberSec4Europe has been selected as one of four projects 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 goal 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 the EU research capacities. The projects will pilot and demonstrate the possibilities of operating and managing a network of competence centres through the use of good practices resulting from the expertise of the project partners.

Twitter: @CyberSec4Europe
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H2020 Project CONCORDIA – Cyber Security Competence for Research and Innovation

CONCORDIA is a major H2020 consortium to interconnect Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities. It will establish a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network and will lead the development of a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.

A dedicated EU-wide consortium involving prominent industry, academia, SMEs and especially national cyber security centers launches the H2020 project CONCORDIA (Cyber Security Competence for Re-search and Innovation). CONCORDIA will pilot an EU Cybersecurity Competence Network to provide technological, societal and policy leadership for Europe. CONCORDIA aims to implement a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.

CONCORDIA is a four-year multi-disciplinary research and innovation project, and will play a leadership role in boosting the effectiveness of EU’s security union. The project, started in January 2019, is coordinated by the Research Institute CODE from the Bundeswehr University Munich and involves 46 partners in total. “With CONCORDIA we are integrating cybersecurity competences to enhance Europe's digital sovereignty”, said Prof. Gabi Dreo (who received her Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor), executive director of CODE. The consortium includes 23 partners from industry and other organizations, and 23 partners from academia.

CONCORDIA will help Europe strengthen its security capabilities and to secure its digital society, economy and the fundamental data society’s principles for both security and privacy. CONCORDIA adopts an inclusive approach, fostering a wide alliance spanning Europe’s research, industry and public sec-tors, and including key professionals from a variety of fields. By developing innovative, marketable solutions to protect Europe against cyber attacks, CONCORDIA will capitalize on Europe’s unique pool of skills and talents in the area of ICT and cybersecurity to also establish an European Education Ecosystem for Cybersecurity. The project will be a fundamental instrument for promoting excellent research, market innovation, skill building, and a research roadmap for cybersecurity in Europe. In this context, the vision of CONCORDIA is to create a community, building bridges and setting the foundations for strong cooperation between all stakeholders. The EU budget contribution is 16 M€ with a 7 M€ additional funding contributed by national authorities and industry.

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