Brussels - Second CW Concertation Meeting, 04/06/2019

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Resilience. Deterrence. Defence – Calls to action for future cybersecurity and privacy policy
Concertation meeting of H2020 projects from unit "Cybersecurity & Privacy"


Join us at the second Concertation meeting, 04 June 2019!

Venue: the meeting will be held at the Marriott Grand Palace hotel, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles. See the hotel on Google Maps here.

Participation at this event is free of charge with limited places available

Purpose & Scope

Investment in cybersecurity is crucial and at the very foundation of a functioning and trustworthy Digital Single Market. The EU has adopted a wide-range of cybersecurity and privacy measures, such as the NIS Directive, the GDPR the Cybersecurity Act and the Blueprint. In support of this, €1 billion has been invested in cyber security and privacy under the EU’s Horizon 2014-2020 research programme, with a total of over 1,300 consortium partners in over 130 projects from sectors and across Europe.

But what next? As Horizon 2020 comes to an end what further steps can the European Commission take on key issues and emerging technologies to ensure that Europe’s quality in cybersecurity continues.

Through small and interactive break-out sessions and open panel discussions, this year’s Concertation meeting provides a platform for projects to contribute to the policy dialogue. The end result will be to provide the EC with a set of recommendations on how to move forward on the key strategic elements which can shape Europe’s R&I cybersecurity strategy.

Who should attend?

Academia, Researchers, Innovators, ICT SMEs, SMEs associations, policy makers and funding agencies looking to assess future priorities and challenges in cybersecurity and privacy. The Concertation meeting primarily targets partners from projects that are active and under Unit H1 Cybersecurity and Privacy, but our doors are open to all. The EC’s rich, eclectic collection of projects and consortia will ensure a real mix of participants to ensure we have considerations from a broad stakeholder community.

Participation is free of charge.


Main Take-aways for the audience

  • Contribute to discussion on the future of EU cybersecurity and privacy landscape 
  • Find out how to collaborate with and contribute to the new competence centre pilot projects
  • Learn about new outputs and opportunities from the EC, ECSO and ENISA
  • Present, validate and formulate your own project recommendations based on open and frank discussions
  • Meet new players from projects that have kicked-off in 2018-19
  • Explore how to target and serve potential end-users more effectively
  • Discuss what is next for the GDPR. Can it really cope with IoT and AI?  
  • Help to identify how to fill the key gaps in the standards and certification landscape 
  • Validate recommendations on where international alignment and priorities should lie
  • And of course, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!

Working Agenda - 4 June 2019

10:00 – 10:30

Registration & Networking Coffee

10:30 – 10:55

Building strong cybersecurity in the European Union – Nineta Polemi, European Commission

Cybersecurity, trust and privacy are the foundations of a prosperous European Digital Single Market. The EU has adopted a wide-range of measures to shield the DSM and protect infrastructure, governments, businesses and citizens. This presentation will provide an overview of the policy landscape today and will outline the two new funding instruments as H2020 comes to a close: Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme.

Observing, engaging and guiding through concertation – Nicholas Ferguson, Trust-IT Services & coordinator

10:55 – 11:40

Preparing the European Cybersecurity Competence Network 

Chair: Nicholas Ferguson, Trust-IT Services


Earlier this year the four pilot competence centre projects (SPARTA, ECHO, CONCORDIA and CYBERSEC4EUROPE) were launched in order to operate a pilot for a European Cybersecurity Competence Network and to develop a common European Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap. This shall contribute to strengthening the EU's cybersecurity capacity and tackling future cybersecurity challenges.

All four projects now thoroughly active this session will address how each pilot is planning to address the following issues:

  • Cyber-ranges
  • Threat intelligence
  • Certification
  • Cybersecurity skills

11:40 – 13:00

Achievements, directions and recommendations for cybersecurity priorities - Break-out sessions

1- Cyber security skills and training for SMEs 
Chair: Sebastiano Tofaletti, Digital SME Alliance & Chair ECSO WG4 Support to SMEs

2- Standards and certification for cybersecurity 
Chair: Mark Miller, Conceptivity & ECSO Board of directors and Chair SWG1.3, WG1 Standards, certification 

3- Emerging Cybersecurity challenges from emerging technologies
Chair: Roberto Cascella, ECSO WG6 SRIA & Cyber Security Technologies

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 14:25 

Reporting back to base on recommendations for the EC

Presented by chairs from the previous session

14:25 – 15:40

World café session – Challenges and recommendations towards a secure and trusted Digital Single Market

  14:25 – 14:35 – Brief intros from the facilitators

  • Risk management and threat intelligence for SMEs and public administrations.
    • Facilitators: Mark Miller, Conceptivity & Silvia Garbin, AON
  • The impact of GDPR on emerging technologies 
    • Facilitators: Laura Senatore & Anastasia Botsi, ICT Legal Consulting
  • International cooperation and priorities in cybersecurity and privacy 
    • Facilitators: Yolanda Ursi, Inmark & AEGIS; Evangelos Markatos, FORTH & PROTASIS
  • How R&I can improve the way that they prepare for the market 
    • Facilitator: Marina Ramirez Jiménez, CITIC
  • Cybersecurity priorities in vertical sectors 
    • Facilitators: Justina Bieliauskaite, Digital SME Alliance (TBC) & Eduardo Gimeno, AEI

15:40 – 15:50

Short convenience break

15:50 - 16:10

Reporting back to base on recommendations for the EC

Presented by facilitators from the previous session 

16:10 - 16:30

Closing comments and next steps – Mark Miller, Conceptivity

16:30 Meeting Close 



On 18 July 2019, will organize a webinar in collaboration with the GDPR Cluster projects entitled “GDPR compliance in the emerging technologies”.

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26/08/2019 to 29/08/2019

PROTECTIVE is co-organising the 2nd International Workshop on Cyber Threat Intelligence Management(CyberTIM 2019) as apart of the ARES 2019 conference in the UK on 26-29 August 2019.

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