Cybersecurity, what happened to the European center for skills


A year later the message is still there, pinned at the top of the Twitter profile timeline: the European Cybersecurity Skills Center (Ecce)is ready to take off“. Twelve months later the institution, established in 2020 for promote research and support cybersecurity companies of the Old Continent, it is still parked in the square. For this reason, at the board meeting scheduled from 23 June to Bucharestwhere the cybersecurity center is based, the exponents of the States of the Union arrived with suitcases loaded with complaints book. It is the first physical meeting, after many remote meetings due to the pandemic. And it is also the one in which the exponents of the 27 count on finally turning on the engines of the EC, after a departure judged cumbersome and frayed by sources heard by Wired.

The goal is to get up from the tables of the two days with a clear program with which to achieve three objectives: organized center, director at the helm and guidelines on investments. Around the table there are two members of the Commission, one member from each State (Italy has entrusted the task toNational Cybersecurity Agency – Acn) and a permanent observer from Enisa, the community agency for information security.

The National Center to certify sensitive technology is underway. A plan to support security spinoffs. A Hypersoc prototype at the end of the year. The plans of the Acn

Without head or tail

The first problem to be addressed is find who to put at the helm of the Eccc. The first call to identify the leadership figure went deserted. At the moment, the European Commission has buffered the situation with an interim figure, “Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, a mid-level cybersecurity officer“, he wrote Euractiv. A new call is open, with deadline next September 6th.

The second is to build a network of universities, laboratories and companies to invest in research, new products and technology for information security. Furthermore, centers of competence for cybersecurity will have to be set up at national level. The Ecc holds the strings of the Community Funds Exchange, i programmi Horizon e Digital Europe. “It has 270 million euros of resourcesLuca Nicoletti, who at ACN is in charge of coordinating industrial, technological, research and training programs, explains on the sidelines of Itasec, the Italian conference on cyber security organized by the National Cybersecurity Laboratory.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the United States, Joe Biden

Washington and Brussels want to coordinate efforts for common standards and tech projects, from 6G to artificial intelligence, cornering China. An agreement that, however, reserves many obstacles

Research programs

A first tender has already been launched and has identified some solutions to be financed, including, according to what it learns Wired, an Italian for the healthcare world. Precisely one of the most affected at an IT level, as demonstrated, just to mention Italy, by the cases of the Lazio Region, Ulss Euganea in Veneto and the Milanese hospitals of the Asst Fatebenefratelli Sacco. A new call for applications will open on 29 September to enroll research projects. There are on the plate 140 million euros. “If we want to push strategic autonomy, we need to involve industry. I am confident that the project starts”Commented Giorgio Mosca, vice-president of the steering committee for cybersecurity of Confindustria Digitale and manager of the national defense champion, Leonardo, commented on the sidelines of Itasec.


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