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Project of the Week - CONCORDIA

CONCORDIA is a major H2020 consortium to interconnect Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities. It will establish a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network and will lead the development of a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.

CONCORDIA is a four-year multi-disciplinary research and innovation project and will play a leadership role in boosting the effectiveness of the EU’s security union. The project started in January 2019, is coordinated by the Research Institute CODE from the Bundeswehr University Munich and involves 46 partners in total. “With CONCORDIA we are integrating cybersecurity competencies to enhance Europe's digital sovereignty”, said Prof. Gabi Dreo, executive director of CODE. The consortium includes 23 partners from industry and other organizations and 23 partners from academia.

Here is the illustration of all their partners (image from CONCORDIA).

Listed down are their common objectives:

  1. Position the CONCORDIA ecosystem, a Cybersecurity Competence Network with leading research, technology, industrial and public competences to build the European Secure, Resilient and Trusted Ecosystem, with the CODE research centre as coordinator and hub, and ENISA as secretary.

  2. Using an open, agile and adaptive governance model and processes.

  3. Devise a cybersecurity roadmap to identify powerful research paradigms, to do hands-on experimental validation, prototype and solution development in an agile way to quickly identify successfully but also unsuccessful potential product development.

  4. Develop next-generation cybersecurity solutions by taking a holistic end-to-end data-driven approach from data acquisition, data transport and data usage, and addressing device-centric, network-centric, software- and system-centric, data- and application-centric and user-centric security.

  5. Scale up existing research and innovation with CONCORDIA’s virtual lab and services.

  6. Identify marketable solutions and grow pioneering techniques towards fully developing their transformative potential.

  7. Develop sector-specific (vertical) and cross-sector (horizontal) industrial pilots with building incubators.

  8. Launch Open Calls to allow entrepreneurs and individuals to stress their solutions with the development.

  9. Set up an Advisory Board, comprised by leaders of industry, standardization, policy and politics to give strategic advice and also to connect with possible clients and users of the developed solutions, other projects and research initiatives, as well as important standardization and certification institutions.

  10. Mediate between multiple communities: Different communities have different priorities and perspectives.

  11. Establish a European Education Ecosystem for Cybersecurity.

  12. CONCORDIA, therefore, extends traditional training courses with new virtual courses (MOOCs and SPOCs) and a variety of outreach activities, including high-school curricula development, competitions, cyber ranges.

  13. Provide expertise to European policymakers and industry.


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