The ECHO project

European Network of Cybersecurity centres and Competence hub for innovation and Operations (ECHO)

European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe is a partner in the ECHO project. The project is one of four Pilot projects, launched by the European Commission, to establish and operate a Cybersecurity Competence Network.

The ECHO project will deliver an organized and coordinated approach to strengthen proactive cyber defence in the European Union, through effective and efficient multi-sector collaboration. It involves 30 partners from the East to the West of Europe and is actively engaging new partners interested in contributing to the cybersecurity resilience of the EU and in reaching the collaboration goals.
Through the project, the ECHO partners will develop, model and demonstrate a network of cybersecurity research and competence centres at the hub. While technology companies struggle with a fragmented view of security requirements across industrial sectors and fragmented national policies for security tests and certification, the ECHO project will contribute an adaptive model for information sharing and collaboration among the network of partners and related agencies.

The main goal of the project is to organize and optimize the currently fragmented cybersecurity efforts across the EU. The Central Competence Hub will serve as the focal point for the ECHO Multi-sector Assessment Framework enabling multi-sector cybersecurity dependencies analysis and management including:

  • Development of cybersecurity technology roadmaps;
  • Creation of an ECHO Cybersecurity Certification Scheme aligned with ongoing EU efforts;
  • Provision of an ECHO Early Warning System;
  • Operation of an ECHO Federation of Cyber Ranges;
  • Delivery of the ECHO Cyber skills Framework, with training materials and training events;
  • Management of an expanding collection of Partner Engagements.
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