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 for Data Technologies, Institute of Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer, University of Maribor. CyberSec4Europe has been selected as one of four pilot 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 aim 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 EU research capacities.

CyberSec4Europe will address key EU Directives and Regulations, such as the GDPR, PSD2, eIDAS, and ePrivacy, and help to implement the EU Cybersecurity Act including, but not limited to supporting the development of the European skills base, the certification framework and the role of ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security). CyberSec4Europe partners address 14 key cybersecurity domains, 11 technology/ application elements and nine crucial vertical sectors. With participation in over 100 cybersecurity projects amongst them, CyberSec4Europe partners have considerable experience addressing a comprehensive set of issues across the cybersecurity domain.

The project has identified key demonstration cases in different industrial domains, including finance, healthcare, transportation and smart cities. These address prominent research areas in both the public and private sectors that correspond closely with real-world issues, cyber threats and security problems. Another important outcome will be the development of a cybersecurity skills framework model to be used as a reference by education providers, employers and citizens.

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