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

Mark Miller
Founder & CEO Conceptivity sàrl – SME


Airbus Defence & Space - Cybersecurity
Atos Spain
F-Secure Corporation
Infineon Technologies AG
Leonardo - Finmeccanica 
NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V.
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH
Siemens AG
Thales SIX GTS France SAS
Vitrociset Spa
Conceptivity sàrl
Digital SME
S2 Grupo de Innovacion en Procesos Organizativos SL
ACN – Alliance pour la Confiance Numérique
AEI Ciberseguridad – Agrupacíon Empresarial Innovadora en Ciberseguridad y Tecnologías Avanzadas (Spanish Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster)
EOS – European Organisation for Security
ETNO – European Telecommunication Network Operator's Association
FISC – Finnish Information Security Cluster
TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany
EDF – Electricité de France
Intesa SanPaolo Spa
RIA – Estonian Information System Authority
Austria – Federal Chancellery of Austria
Estonia – Ministry of Defence
France – Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI)
Italy – Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)
Spain – Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad de España S.A. (INCIBE) – Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información (SETSI) – Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)
Poland – Ministry of Digital Affairs
CEA – Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
Conseil Régional 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 became, in 2003, Director for European Affairs for the civilian activities of the Group. In 2007, He suggested the creation of the European Organisation for Security (EOS) and coordinated its establishment, being for 10 years its CEO. In 2016 he contribute to the creation and was the founder of ECSO, signing 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


Emile Jonckheere
Senior Office Manager


Milda Kaklauskaite
Policy and Communications Manager


Nina Hasratyan
Policy Manager


Roberto G. Cascella
Senior Policy Officer


Danilo D'Elia
Senior Policy Manager


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