The European Union is increasingly funding cybersecurity projects in third countries, and the European Commission therefore felt the need for an EU-wide network of cybersecurity experts to carry out such projects.
To launch the network, the European Commission announced an international call for tenders and the winner was a project drawn up by the Information System Authority (RIA). In August 2019, RIA and the European Commission signed an agreement that forms the basis for the establishment of the European Union’s network of cybersecurity experts (EU CyberNet).
EU CyberNet was initially set up as a department of RIA. The centre has a budget of four million euros and will coordinate all cybersecurity projects organised by the European Union in third countries. By the end of the project, more than 500 experts and 200 international organisations must be involved in the network.
The purpose of the expert network is to increase the European Union’s contribution to global cybersecurity and to ensure more effective use of exercises, training sessions, and investments outside Europe.
In addition, EU CyberNet will be responsible for advising the various entities of the European Commission, enabling experts and organisations to share information and experience, developing cybersecurity training modules, and organising relevant trainings.
Duration of the project: 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2023
Total budget of the project: 3,999,600 euros
EU Cyber for Development Project (Cyber4Dev)
The project involves four partners: NI-CO (leading partner), Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
The overall goal of the project is to support the enhancement of cybersecurity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean through various training programmes.
Within the scope of the project are three main areas of activity:
- Assistance in the development and implementation of cybersecurity strategies (trainings and exercises related to protection of critical infrastructure, raising awareness, risk management, and crisis management)
- Enhancing the operational capacity of CSIRTs (trainings related to organisational structure, management, and work processes)
- Supporting regional and international cooperation
Target countries of the project: Sri Lanka, Botswana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica (as at January 2020).
Trainings are provided on a larger scale in the target countries of the project, starting with the assessment of the cybersecurity situation, the identification of gaps and training needs, and the preparation of training plans.
In addition to the target countries, the project accepts applications from countries in the project area that need assistance in developing a specific area of cybersecurity, e.g. developing a cybersecurity strategy, mapping critical infrastructure, planning and conducting a cybersecurity exercise, setting up a CSIRT, etc.
In 2019, 48 events were organised in the framework of the project with the participation of a total of 28 Cyber4Dev experts and more than 400 participants in the target countries and the participation of experts from 25 target countries in international professional forums in Europe was supported.
Duration of the project: 1 January 2018 – 30 June 2021
Total budget of the project: 11,000,000 euros
Increasing international cooperation among competitive cybersecurity small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Seven countries are involved in the project: France (lead partner), Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia and Estonia.
The objective of the project is to support the international cooperation and competitiveness among cybersecurity small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Project duration: 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2023
Project budget: 1 864 242€
Funding: Interreg Europe
Project in Estonia
The project will develop entrepreneurship and innovation in cybersecurity in Estonia. To achieve this goal, policy instruments will be developed and national co-operation and international consultations with project partners will be organized. Estonian companies will have the opportunity to establish relationships with partner regions and companies and the State Information System Authority will have a better understanding of how to support innovation nationally.
The aim of the project is to look at the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem, map the existing stakeholders, find the concerns in the ecosystem and systematically tackle them.
Expected outcome of the project:
- Consultations and analysis (e.g. SWOT analysis) are done for a better cooperation and more competitive international expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Plans and mapping are created for a better collaboration and information sharing within the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem.
- Sharing of good practices and recommendations is done on an ongoing basis among project partners.
Funding amount in Estonia: 167 267,25€
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