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Luxembourg presides over EU cybersecurity centre



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Padlock over a smartphone and EU map, symbolizing the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. Designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe. Copyright (c) 2017 Ivan Marc/Shutterstock. No use without permission.

Pascal Steichen, CEO of Securitymadein.lu, has been appointed the chairman of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre’s board of directors for three years.

The centre (ECCC) was created in 2021 to pool investments in cybersecurity research, technologies and industrial development, building a community of expertise in cybersecurity and aims at strengthening and disseminating cybersecurity expertise throughout the union.

“I welcome this appointment with great enthusiasm and pride. A major job awaits us, to build and continuously strengthen this European cyber community. Joining forces to strengthen research, innovation and the response to emerging threats is a key factor in increasing Europe's cybersecurity capabilities and competitiveness,” Steichen said in a statement on Thursday.

Steichen takes on the role in addition to his duties as Securitymadein.lu CEO. 

The ECCC, together with the network of National Coordination Centres (NCCs), constitutes the new European framework to support innovation and industrial policy in cybersecurity. Securitymadein.lu represents Luxembourg in this network. The agency counts a team of more than 40 experts to providing extensive cybersecurity expertise and solutions to SMEs and companies of all sizes.

The economic interest group is owned by three government ministries--the economy ministry, the ministry of education, children and youth, and the ministry of family, integration and the greater region--in addition to the syndicate for the management of information technology (SIGI) and the syndicate of the cities and communes of Luxembourg (Syvicol). The management board is composed of representatives of all shareholding members.