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 is the privileged partner of the European Commission for the implementation of the Cybersecurity Public-Private Partnership. ECSO federates the European Cybersecurity public and private stakeholders, including large companies, SMEs and start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users and operators of essential services, clusters and association, as well as the local, regional and national public administrations across the European Union (EU) Members States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 Programme associated countries.
The main goal of ECSO is to coordinate the development of the European Cybersecurity Ecosystem support the protection of European Digital Single Market, ultimately to contribute to the advancement of European digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy.
- FEDERATE & CONNECT:, ECSO Federates the European Cybersecurity Public and Private Community and facilitates the networking and cooperation at European level
- ACT: ECSO Supports members' needs and market development in public-private cooperation with concrete actions/initiatives geared towards increasing strategic autonomy.
- SUPPORT; ECSO is a recognised actor in the European institutional landscape, it cooperates with European institutions, bodies and agencies as well as National Public administrations for the development and implementation of EU policies, programmes and legislations to increase digital autonomy.
About our collaborations
ECSO is a pan European, multi-stakeholders and cross sectoral partnership organisation working on cybersecurity with a holistic approach. In light of this we seek out to establish and strengthen our collaboration with various other actors and stakeholders part of the European cybersecurity ecosystem. The objective of each collaboration is to complement each other’s work, avoid duplication, learn from one another and promote the objective and vision of ECSO.
ECSO maintains close collaboration with
European Commissionners and top-level management of the European
including DG CNECT, DG RTD, DG ENER, DG MOVE, JRC, DG DIGIT, EEAS
Upon the invitation of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, ECSO is regularly invited to provide updates on the status of its work to the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues of the Council.
ECSO closely engages with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs),
Committees and Political Groups providing independent
assessments on European legislative proposals such as the implementation of
the NIS Directive, the Cybersecurity Act including the establishment of a
European Certification Framework and the definition of ENISA's new mandate, as
well as the set-up of a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and
Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres.
In parallel, ECSO fosters relations between MEPs and ECSO Members addressing
key topics such as support to SMEs, regional development, R&I,
investments, disruptive technologies, etc as well as ECSO Initiatives like
Women4Cyber and Youth4Cyber.
European Agencies and Bodies
ECSO regularly cooperates with European Agencies and Bodies such as
(European Union Agency for Cybersecurity),
(European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation),
(European Defence Agency),
ESA (European Space
(European Aviation Safety Agency),
Institute of Innovation & Technology),
(European Investment Bank),
(European Committee for Standardisation/European Committee for
Telecommunications Standards Institute)
Other European Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Joint Undertakings(JU)
ECSO coordinates its work with other relevant PPPs and European Associations
euRobotics, BDVA (Big Data),
4.0), 5G AI (5G),
ECSEL (JU on
(JU on High-performance Computing).
Composed by 40% of ECSO members, CONCORDIA, ECHO, SPARTA and CyberSec4Europe are the four winning pilot projects of the 2018 Horizon 2020 cybersecurity call "establishing and operating a pilot for a European Cybersecurity Competence Network and developing a common European Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap". These four EU pilot projects are expected to strengthen the EU's cybersecurity capacity and tackle future cybersecurity challenges for a safer European Digital Single Market.
Board of Directors
ECSO Vice chairs
Giorgio Cusma Lorenzo
Members of Board of Directors
AIRBUS Cyber Security
Thales SIX GTS France SAS
AEI Ciberseguridad – Agrupacíon Empresarial Innovadora en Ciberseguridad y Tecnologías Avanzadas (Spanish Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster)
ETNO – European Telecommunication Network Operator's Association
FISC – Finnish Information Security Cluster
NECC - North European Cybersecurity Cluster
EDF – Electricité de France
RIA – Estonian Information System Authority
France - Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systemes de l'Information (ANSSI) Estonia – Ministry of Defence
Italy – Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)
Spain - INCIBE - National Institute of Cybersecurity
Poland – Ministry of Digital Affairs
CEA – Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
Roberto G. Cascella
Standardisation, certification and supply chain management (WG1) SRIA and Cybersecurity Technologies (WG6)
Sectoral demand (WG3) Education, training, raising awareness, cyber ranges (WG5) Women4Cyber initiative Youth4Cyber initiative
Market development, investments, international collaboration (WG2) Support to SMEs and cooperation with Regions (WG4) cPPP Monitoring
Supporting Communications and marketing efforts. Supporting the development of ECSO key initiatives (Cyber Investor Days, Cybersecurity Made in Europe Label,
Coordinator of Women4Cyber initative Users' Committee Support to Sectoral Demand (WG3) activities Support to Education, training, raising awareness and cyber ranges (WG5) activities
JUNIOR POLICY MANAGER
Under the supervision of the ECSO Secretary General and a Senior Policy Manager, the Junior Policy Manager will support and assist the work of ECSO in the framework of the activities of its Working Group 3 – Cyber Resilience of Economy, Infrastructure and Services (CREIS) dealing with the different vertical market applications and the different “CREIS verticals”: Healthcare; Energy; Finance; Transport; Smart citizens/smart working/smart environments; Manufacturing (industry 4.0, …); Utilities (food, water, etc.); eGovernment; Telecom, media, and content; Retail /eCommerce / eServices.
The Junior Policy Manager will support the implementation of activities under CREIS’ pyramidal scheme, comprising the Community of Verticals (CoV), the CISOs European Community (CEC), and the CISOs Strategic Committee (CSC), which will include administrative & operational support, working group coordination, stakeholder coordination, desk research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, organisation of meetings & events etc.
The Junior Policy Manager will support ECSO in the following aspects:
- Support in building an ECSO community of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) gathering CISOs from European stakeholders (starting from ECSO members and beyond) interested in the digital transformation and in particular those of essential or important entities (c.f. NIS2 Directive – e.g. CISOs from Users/Operators and other strategic – supplier – companies from different sectors and European countries).
- Monitor European cybersecurity policies, and legislations relevant to the CREIS verticals.
- Regular reports, minutes, policy synthesis and analysis of EU documents, summary reports and any other relevant documents necessary for dissemination amongst the members of the Community and ECSO members, and support the ECSO communications team for external dissemination of content.
- Liaise with ECSO members’ Chief Information Security Officers (or equivalent), and key stakeholders, to reinforce priorities and messaging at EU and Member State level.
- Have a sincere interest in developing the approaches and initiatives proposed by the CISOs and ECSO members concerning cyber risk management linked to information sharing and threat intelligence with a clear economic / industrial perspective.
- Prepare synthesised reports & results (or, when needed, surveys) to the management (WG3 Chairs, ECSO Secretariat, ECSO Board).
- Support the organisation of WG meetings and various events on key issues related to ECSO WG3.
- Ensure relevant links with the activities of other ECSO Working Groups and Task Forces.
- Support, when needed, ECSO’s participation in EU funded proposals and projects relevant to the topic of WG3 including, but not limited to, attending project meetings, writing deliverables, conducting desk research, and contributing to dissemination efforts.
- Fulfil other responsibilities and tasks as directed by the Secretary General and the Senior Policy Manager.
- Relevant University Masters-level degree in political science, international relations, cybersecurity.
- Have 1-3 years of relevant work experience. Experience in one or more of the following areas is considered a distinct advantage: cybersecurity applied to verticals; critical infrastructure protection; engagement with users/operators and/or directly with CISOs policy & legislation impacting users / operators; good knowledge of the EU Institutions and its relevant Agencies and proven knowledge of or interest in the cybersecurity domain.
- Community building and ability to network and build relationships with external organisations and stakeholders.
- Ability to convene and facilitate group discussions (a must when gathering and supporting the Community of CISOs) with “diplomatic skills”.
- Strong research, analytical, organisational, and communication 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
- Excellent verbal & written knowledge of English is a must. Proficiency in other European languages would be an asset.
- IT-skills: Advanced use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Power Point and Excel)
- Considering the domain, only candidates having at least one European nationality will be considered.
HOW TO APPLY
- CV + Cover letter to be sent to email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: rue Ducale 29 – 1000 Brussels
- Starting date: As soon as possible – 1 year CDD usually renewed once and followed by a CDI
- Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
- Deadline for submitting your application: 27 August 2021.
The full job description is available for download, here.
Under the supervision of the Secretary-General of ECSO and working with the Senior Policy Manager in charge of the Working Group dealing with standardisation, certification, and supply chain management (WG1) as well as the Working Group focusing on strategic roadmap and cybersecurity technologies (WG6), the Policy Assistant will contribute to the following tasks.
SUPPORT TO POLICY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
- Draft discussion papers and briefing notes, support in drafting meeting minutes
- Assist the Senior Policy Manager in the preparation of events and participate in meetings with relevant stakeholders (European SDOs, European Agencies, and Commission, Associations, etc.)
- Monitor and report on policy and regulation developments and advise the members on their application linked to standardisation, certification, and market impact.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of the work plan of the Working Groups.
- Support the ECSO engagement in different communities, including the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation
- Develop personal expertise in basic and disruptive technologies, analyse technology trends and potential emerging cybersecurity challenges.
- Monitor the activities of the relevant groups in standardisation and certification.
- Support the definition of cybersecurity roadmaps identifying priorities for R&I and development of capabilities.
- Contribute to drafting technical papers on emerging technologies.
SUPPORT TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
- Support the execution of ECSO commitments in EU projects and tenders.
- Support preparation of technical deliverables and reports for the EU projects
- Relevant degree from a university in cybersecurity or ICT and related fields1+ 1 year of relevant work experience in an industry trade organisation, industry, university, or Standardisation Organisation.
- Strong analytical (numeric & strategic) and process thinking capabilities.
- Effective communication and organisational skills quick, clear, and concise drafting, reporting and presentation skills.
- Prior project management experience would be an advantage.
- Self-starter with a strong drive for challenges and growth
- Strong organisational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritise multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent knowledge of English is a must.
CV + Cover Letter to be sent to: roberto.cascella-org.eu. Ref: ECSO Policy Assistant.
Deadline for submitting your application: 9th August 2021.
Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
Starting date: September 2021