Mission & Objectives

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL is a fully self-financed non-for-profit organisation under the Belgian law, established in June 2016.

ECSO represents the industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Cyber Security contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). ECSO members include a wide variety of stakeholders such as large companies, SMEs and Start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users, operators, clusters and association as well as European Member State’s local, regional and national administrations, countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 associated countries.

The main objective of ECSO is to support all types of initiatives or projects that aim to develop, promote, encourage European cybersecurity, and in particular to:

  • Foster and protect from cyber threats the growth of the European Digital Single Market;
  • Develop the cybersecurity market in Europe and the growth of a competitive cybersecurity and ICT industry, with an increased market position;
  • Develop and implement cybersecurity solutions for the critical steps of trusted supply chains, in sectoral applications where Europe is a leader.

ECSO is engaged in taking concrete actions to achieve these objectives by:

  • Collaborate with the European Commission and national public administrations to promote Research and Innovation (R&I) in cybersecurity;
  • Propose a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and a Multiannual Roadmap with its regular updates;
  • Foster market development and investments in demonstration projects and pilots to facilitate bringing innovation to cybersecurity market;
  • Foster competitiveness and growth of the cybersecurity industry in Europe (large companies and SME) as well as end users / operators through innovative cybersecurity technologies, applications, services, solutions;
  • Support the widest and best market uptake of innovative cybersecurity technologies and services for professional and private use;
  • Promote and assist in the definition and implementation of a European cybersecurity industrial policy to encourage the use of cybersecurity solutions as well as secure and trustworthy ICT solutions to increase digital autonomy;
  • Support the development and the interests of the entire cybersecurity and ICT security ecosystem (including education, training awareness, etc.);

Areas of interest

  • ICT Infrastructure (including cloud, mobile, networks, etc.)
  • Smart Grids (Energy)
  • Transportation (including Automotive / Electrical Vehicles)
  • Smart Buildings and Smart Cities
  • Industrial Control Systems (Industry 4.0)
  • Public Administration and Open Government
  • Healthcare
  • Finance and Insurance


ECSO Chairperson and Vice Chairs

ECSO Chairperson

Philippe Vannier
Executive Vice-President of Big Data & Security and Chief Technology Officer at Atos Group

Philippe Vannier is the 1 st elected Chairman of ECSO. He is currently Executive Vice-President of Big Data & Security and Chief Technology Officer at Atos Group. He has been CEO of the Bull Group since May 2010. He is also the Chairman and founder of Crescendo Industries, which he founded in 2004, Bull’s largest shareholder. Philippe Vannier is a graduate of ESPCI ParisTech and of INSEAD AMP. He also holds a DEA Génie électrique et Instrumentation from the University Paris IV. He began his career at Michelin North America, then Cobham Group and Alcatel.

ECSO Vice chairs

Benoit Poletti
Director INCERT G.I.E

François Lavaste
Head of Digital Security Airbus Defence & Space – Large company

Fabio Martinelli
Senior Researcher Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) – Research Center

Gerd Müller
Teletrust – Association

Guillaume Poupard
Director General Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI) – National public administration

Martin Ruubel
Director Guardtime - SME


Airbus Defence & Space - Cybersecurity
Atos Spain
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA
Infineon Technologies AG
Leonardo - Finmeccanica
SGS Group
Siemens AG
Thales Communications and Security SAS
Vitrociset SpA
Digital SME
S2 Grupo de Innovacion en Procesos Organizativos SL
AEI Ciberseguridad - Agrupacíon Empresarial Innovadora en ciberseguridad y Tecnologías avanzadas – Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster
ETNO - European Telecommunication Network Operator's Association
FISC - Finnish Information Security Cluster
EDF - Electricité de France
ISGS - Intesa SanPaolo Group Services SCPA
France - Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI)
Germany - Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Estonia - MOD - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia
Spain - INCIBE (Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la
Información) - Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad de España S.A. - SETSI - INCIBE – CDTI
Poland - Ministry of Digital Affairs
Italy - MiSE - Ministry of Economic Development
Goethe - Universität Frankfurt
RENIC – Red de Excelencia Nacional de Investigación en Ciberseguridad
TECNALIA - Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
Conseil Regional de Bretagne

ECSO Secretariat

Luigi Rebuffi
Secretary General

Luigi Rebuffi is the Secretary General and founder of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation). After having graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), he worked in Germany on the development of high power microwave systems for the next thermonuclear fusion reactor (ITER). He continued his career at Thomson CSF / Thales in France where he took on increasing responsibilities for European Affairs (R&D) in different sectors: telecom, industrial, medical, scientific, and becoming in 2003 Director for European Affairs for the civilian activities of the Group. He suggested the creation of the European Organisation for Security (EOS) and coordinated its establishment in 2007. In 2016 he contributed to the creation of ECSO and signed with the European Commission the cPPP on cybersecurity. Until 2016 and for 6 years, he has been an advisor to the European Commission for the EU Security Research Programme and President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research.

Eda Aygen
Head of Communications and Advisor to the Secretary General


Nina Olesen
Senior Policy Manager


Nina Hasratyan
Stakeholders Liaison Officer


Roberto Cascella
Senior Policy Officer


Danilo D'Elia
Policy Manager


Reference documents



CV + Cover letter to be sent to eda.aygen@ecs-org.eu AND danilo.delia@ecs-org.eu

Location; Brussels

Starting date: 1st June 2018

Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted

Deadline for submitting your application: April 30

Under the supervision of the Secretary General of ECSO and working with the Senior Policy Manager in charge of the Working Group dealing with market analysis and support to SMEs and regions, the Policy Manager will contribute to the following tasks:


  • Manage the execution of ECSO commitments in EU projects
  • Preparation, review and submission of technical deliverable and reports for the EU projects with ECSO participation
  • Project financial and technical follow-up, ensuring compliance with EC regulations
  • Represent the ECSO at international events related to the projects and consortium meetings
  • Support the dissemination process and identifying areas of improvement in each step. 
  • Report to the Senior Policy Manager with essential changes and issues inside the projects 


  • Draft discussion papers and briefing notes, support in drafting meeting minutes
  • Assist the Senior Policy Manager in the preparation of events and meetings
  • Monitor and report on policy developments and provide background information to the members
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the strategic priorities and work plan of the Working Groups.


  • Undertake research, surveys and external consultations on topics relevant to the cyber security market
  • Collection & statistical analysis of large amount of data from market studies and yearly internal survey to get the impact and main outcomes of the PPP
  • Collect relevant information from members and any other stakeholders needed to complete the objectives of ECSO WG2 and WG4
  • Support the preparation of the yearly PPP monitoring report to the European Commission
  • Draft market and trend analysis
  • Draft essential elements on KPIs and all documentation based on the requirements that the EC needs to follow up in the implementation.


  • Have relevant degree from a University or business school in economics, business management, political sciences, marketing etc
  • Have at least 1-2 years of experience in a similar position. Preferably working with/for Marketing, Finance or a consultancy firm.
  • Experience in managing projects with strong data management component
  • Strong analytical (numeric & strategic) and process thinking capabilities
  • Effective communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to multitask and work under strict deadlines
  • Quick, clear and concise drafting and reporting skills
  • Proactive, flexible, and a self-starter are important pre-requisites. The ideal candidate should be able to work under minimum supervision
  • IT-skills: Advanced use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Power Point and especially Excel), info graphic, statistical analysis software, etc. Previous experience in managing a CRM database.
  • Excellent knowledge of English verbal & written is a must. Proficiency in German could be an asset.