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Lux “at the heart of EU cybersecurity efforts”



SnT Director Björn Ottersten (shown here in an archive photo) called the SnT's presence in the networks a “remarkable result for a young organisation” Matic Zorman/archive

SnT Director Björn Ottersten (shown here in an archive photo) called the SnT's presence in the networks a “remarkable result for a young organisation” Matic Zorman/archive

The European Commission announced on 26 February the investment of over €63.5m in the launch of four pilot projects aimed to strengthen the EU’s cybersecurity capability.

The University of Luxembourg is the only organisation in Europe to be present in three of four of them.

It is anticipated that each of the four projects, Concordia, Echo, Sparta and CyberSec4Europe, will further advance the EU cybersecurity ecosystem, something critical in an era where it is anticipated that much of geopolitical risk will be linked to cyberthreats.

The four projects fall under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the biggest of its kind, which aims to ensure world-class science within Europe, as well as to remove the red tape barrier to innovation that sometimes exists between the public and private sectors.

The cybersecurity pilot projects represent 160 partners from 26 EU member states. Luxembourg represents 3% of this figure in terms of total participants as well as the percentage share of the requested budget allocation.

According to a University of Luxembourg press release dated 26 February, its SnT centre (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security Reliability and Trust), which fetes its 10th anniversary this year, is contributing to the network in a range of fields--from big data and blockchain systems, to biomedical data protection and the Internet of Things.

SnT Director Björn Ottersten called the presence in the networks a “remarkable result for a young organisation”, adding that its “involvement puts Luxembourg in an exciting position, at the heart of EU cybersecurity efforts”.