Luxembourg Chairs New European Cybersecurity Competence Center

Pascal Steichen, CEO SECURITYMADEIN.LU, has just been elected Chairman of the newly established European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (Photo © SECURITYMADEIN.LU)

Pascal Steichen, CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU, will chair the newly established European Cybersecurity Competence Centre for the next three years and work on strengthening Europe’s cybersecurity capacities.

Located in Bucharest, the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre in collaboration with the Network of National Coordination Centres will contribute to the strengthening of Europe’s cybersecurity capacities as well as boost research and competitiveness in the Union’s industry.

Having worked in the industry for over two decades, with notable achievements including founding SECURITYMADEIN.LU, Luxembourg’s foremost Cybersecurity Agency, as well as being involved in the government’s cybersecurity initiatives, Pascal Steichen is an excellent candidate for this role.

Steichen welcomed the appointment “with great enthusiasm and pride,” adding: “We have a great amount of work ahead of us, to build and continuously strengthen this European cyber community. Joining forces to enhance research, innovation and response to emerging threats is a key factor in increasing Europe’s cybersecurity capacity and competitiveness.”

A European Cyber Community

Steichen’s election and the formation of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre come in the wake of continued digitalisation trends and increased cyber attacks.

The network of national coordination centres will also work towards the creation of a European cyber community to foster increased cross-border cooperation and joint actions with the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre.

Lastly, the Centre will manage part of the funding dedicated to cybersecurity from the Digital Europe Programme and Horizon Europe, as well as from member states.

Elected by the 27 representatives and members of the Governing Board of the Centre, as well as two Commission members and one ENISA member, Steichen will occupy his position as Chair of the Governing for three years, a mandate that is renewable once.

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