Cybersecurity landscaping project held 1st Annual Workshop in October

Cybersecurity landscaping project held 1st Annual Workshop in October organized its first Annual Workshop, The Quest for Cyber Trust, at Cybersec Forum, in Krakow, Poland, from 8 -9 October 2018. is a cybersecurity landscaping project which aims to monitor cybersecurity and privacy initiatives throughout the EU and associated countries. The e-Research Centre is a member of the project consortia, alongside companies, legal experts and innovation clusters.

Initiatives identified by the project will be clustered according to themes, leading to an online catalogue of services for cybersecurity and privacy, showcasing market uptake and advancing EU sustainable competitiveness.

The Annual Workshop was organized in two tracks:

Cybersecurity Project and Landscape Assessment

The scale of activities in the cybersecurity space is growing: the EC has allocated €600m to projects within this area, whilst the UK government on their own have supported activities worth £2bn. With so many projects funded at a national and EU-level, how can policy overlaps and duplication of effort be avoided and how can more synergies be created?

This workshop explored how the project is using a two-tier taxonomy of cybersecurity and privacy topics in order to support projects to classify and group themselves into meaningful clusters. Our results will also enable policy makers and funding bodies to understand the distribution of projects across the overall landscape and identify imbalances in future calls.

The e-Research Centre’s Professor David Wallom (pictured top left) who leads the Centre’s involvement in the project, gave an introduction and talk on Cybersecurity Taxonomy & Technology Radar, followed by Michel Drescher, the Centre’s Cloud Computing Standards Specialist, on Understanding project output readiness.

International cooperation and alignment on cybersecurity and privacy issues

Cyber-threats continue to increase in numbers and complexity, threatening business, citizens, governments and critical infrastructure globally. EU policies and legislation, such as the GDPR and Cybersecurity Act, are being advanced to address threats to governments, businesses and vulnerabilities affecting consumer data and individual privacy. Europe’s first step at harmonisation of the cybersecurity legislation across the European Union is the Cyber Act (Cybersecurity Package).

But how does this compare internationally?

The track included speakers from the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), Aon Hewitt Global Risk Consulting and

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