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Léa Angeli - 12/07/2016

Inria becomes a founding member of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation)

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) was founded recently to promote Europe's cybersecurity market and encourage applied research in the field.

Inria, which already focuses on the cybersecurity, has just joined the organisation as a founding member.

Building a strong, harmonised and competitive cybersecurity market in Europe in such diverse fields as transports, health, and finance is a strategic challenge.

To this end, the European Commission signed a public-private partnership agreement with ECSO on 5 July 2016, and will make a financial investment of €450 million as part of the European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

The private sector is expected to invest three times this amount.


ECSO will work directly with the European Commission to optimise Europe's industrial policy on cybersecurity, prepare a roadmap for research and innovation in the field, develop relationships and confidence among the European Union's Member States, industry and end users.

A demonstration of Inria's wish to play an active role in Horizon 2020, joining ECSO will give Inria the opportunity to contribute to identifying the main challenges in digital security and to form partnerships with key participants in the field in Europe.


ECSO currently includes 48 public and private organisations from 14 countries. Founding members including the European Organisation for Security (EOS), an industry body; Alliance pour la Confiance Numérique (ACN); Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI); British Standards Institution (BSI); companies such as Airbus, Bull, Gemalto, Orange and Safran; and public research organisations such as TNO (Netherlands), CNR (Italy), and CEA, CNRS, Institut Mines Telecom and Inria in France.

Keywords: H2020 Horizon 2020 Cybersecurity ACN ECSO