More inMore Telelink Business Services is one of the 30 partners involved in the ECHO project (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations), which was officially launched on February 25th, 2019 at the Conference Hall of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium. This 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. Through the project, the ECHO partners will develop, model and demonstrate a network of cybersecurity research and competence, with a centre of research and competence at the hub.

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 Cyberskills Framework, with training materials and training events
  • Management of an expanding collection of Partner Engagements

Through a 48-month work plan significant outcomes will contribute to improvements in the state of cybersecurity resilience across the EU.

Through collaborative information sharing, ECHO will deliver up-to-date knowledge of cybersecurity challenges, potential risks and threats together with forward-looking solution demonstrations that will contribute to improved understanding of the cybersecurity baseline and promote more effective use of the EU’s cybersecurity capabilities. Ultimately, ECHO will enhance the stakeholders’ capacities with better readiness and improved resilience capabilities.