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 private counterpart to the European Commission in implementing the contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on cybersecurity. We unite a variety of European cybersecurity stakeholders across the EU Member States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 Programme associated countries.
ECSO's main goal is to develop a competitive European cybersecurity ecosystem, to support the protection of the European Digital Single Market with trusted cybersecurity solutions, and to contribute to the advancement of the European digital autonomy.
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.);
ECSO Chairperson and Vice Chairs
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
Giorgio Cusma Lorenzo
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V.
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH
Thales SIX GTS France SAS
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
Intesa SanPaolo Spa
RIA – Estonian Information System Authority
Estonia – Ministry of Defence
France – Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI)
Italy – Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)
Poland – Ministry of Digital Affairs
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
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.
Roberto G. Cascella
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