EU launches pilot project to build cybersecurity competence centres

  • Roman Šulc
  • 6.2.2018 18:53

On 1 February, the European Commission launched a call for proposals for a pilot project to support the establishment of a network of Cyber Security Competence Centers across the EU. Winning institutions, including university labs and research centres, should bolster the existing cybersecurity research for the benefit of the Digital Single Market. The experience gained from the selected projects should contribute to the design of a future competence centre network.

The €50 million project is a part of a broader initiative to support the development of cybersecurity in the European Union, announced in September 2017. Aside from the measures to strengthen the position of the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and cyber defence capabilities within the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), proposed changes also include more effective tackling of cybercrime. As far as topical EU cyber activities go, the Union has also responded to the rising importance of cryptocurrencies by the establishment of an EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum focusing on the key development of blockchain technology, promotion of European actors and reinforcement of European engagement with stakeholders involved in Blockchain technologies.

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