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The ECHO Project

The ECHO Project

In an increasingly connected and digital society, developing effective and collaborative cybersecurity measures is becoming more and more important. In recognition of this challenge, the European Commission has funded four pilot projects through Horizon2020 to establish and operate a Cybersecurity Competence Network. These pilot projects represent a 63.5 million Euro investment and will bring together more than 160 partners, including universities, businesses and cybersecurity research institutions.

The ECHO Project (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations), supported by Bournemouth University, is one of the four pilot projects.  The ECHO project will deliver an organised and coordinated approach to strengthen proactive cyber defence in the European Union, through effective and efficient multi-sector collaboration.

The collaborative project was officially launched at the Conference Hall of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, on 25 February 2019. Bournemouth University is one of around 30 project partners, with BU’s Computer Emergency Response Team (BU-CERT) playing a key role in the work of the project. The response team have been operating for more than 2 years, working closely with the cybersecurity research group of the Department of Computing and Informatics and are at the forefront of cybersecurity innovations.

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Professor Vasilis Katos, who is the project lead for Bournemouth University commented, “This is a great opportunity for improving BU-CERT’s capabilities by being part of a European Cyber Competency Network, sharing threat intelligence with our peer Computer Security Incident Response Teams, and collectively respond to cyber-attacks. We will be in a position to better protect BU-CERT’s constituents and also contribute to a building a resilient European community.”

“BU will be involved in many aspects of the project, particularly the development of Cyberskills Framework, the ECHO Early Warning System (through our BU-CERT activities) and the Federated Cyber Range, which is a simulation environment for training and education in cyber security.”

More information can be found on the project website.

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