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Goethe University co-ordinates mega-project on cybersecurity and data protection

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The European Commission desires to set international standards in cybersecurity and boost the effectiveness of Europe's security capacities.

The goal of the new "Horizon 2020" programme's initiative is to establish and operate a cybersecurity competence network and develop a strategy for cybersecurity and data protection as European branches (industries).

The Commission selected a total of four projects for the pilot, of which "CyberSec4Europe", co-ordinated by business informatics expert Professor Kai Rannenberg from Goethe University in Frankfurt, comprises the most EU member states, and is concerned with domains that are relevant to every EU citizen such as banking, healthcare, identity management and smart cities.

"Our main tasks are the strategic coordination and organisation of the project," explains Professor Kai Rannenberg, who holds the Chair for Mobile Business and Multilateral Security at Goethe University and who conceived this project.

The focus will be on cybersecurity and data protection in the economy, infrastructures, society and democracy.

CyberSec4Europe will build on existing structures such as "Trust in Digital Life" (TDL), the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the Council of European Informatics Societies (CEPIS), and brings experts together from various disciplines.

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