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Franco-German Centre for Cybersecurity Officially Launches

The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) and the University of Lorraine signed a partnership agreement to strengthen collaborations and innovation in cybersecurity research between France and Germany.
by: Silicon Luxembourg
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featured: CISPA and LORIA’s press conference

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Drawing on the scientific excellence of two renowned European research structures, CISPA and Loria (Lorraine Laboratory for Research in Computer Science and Applications – CNRS, Inria and the University of Lorraine – this joint effort is the first building block for digital sovereignty in Europe.

This agreement was signed by Michael Backes, director and founder of CISPA and Pierre Mutzenhardt, President of the University of Lorraine, in the presence of representatives from the CNRS and Inria Nancy – Grand Est as well as representatives of political institutions from the Saarland and the Grand Est Region.

The two sites have a long history of successful cooperation spanning more than 25 years, as evidenced by the large number of co-publications and projects launched, notably at Loria and focusing on citizen confidence in digital technology.

This agreement will result in €1 million of funding for theses and post-doctorates in order to train new researchers on major cybersecurity issues, Europe’s digital sovereignty, and on the reliable security of digital technologies for critical sectors. Particular emphasis will be given to research carried out by young researchers, giving them the opportunity to develop their scientific interests early on in their careers through mentoring. They will be accompanied by French and German researchers who will form a pair for each research theme: Big Data, personal data protection, network security, etc. It will also enable research focused on breakthrough innovations for digital autonomy.

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