Mission & Objectives

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL is a fully self-financed non-for-profit organisation under the Belgian law, established in June 2016.

ECSO is the privileged partner of the European Commission for the implementation of the Cybersecurity Public-Private Partnership. ECSO federates the European Cybersecurity public and private stakeholders, including large companies, SMEs and start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users and operators of essential services, clusters and association, as well as the local, regional and national public administrations across the European Union (EU) Members States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 Programme associated countries.

The main goal of ECSO is to coordinate the development of the European Cybersecurity Ecosystem support the protection of European Digital Single Market, ultimately to contribute to the advancement of European digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy.

    • FEDERATE & CONNECT:, ECSO Federates the European Cybersecurity Public and Private Community and facilitates the networking and cooperation at European level
    • ACT: ECSO Supports members' needs and market development in public-private cooperation with concrete actions/initiatives geared towards increasing strategic autonomy.  
    • SUPPORT; ECSO is a recognised actor in the European institutional landscape, it cooperates with European institutions, bodies and agencies as well as National Public administrations for the development and implementation of EU policies, programmes and legislations to increase digital autonomy.


About our collaborations

ECSO is a pan European, multi-stakeholders and cross sectoral partnership organisation working on cybersecurity with a holistic approach. In light of this we seek out to establish and strengthen our collaboration with various other actors and stakeholders part of the European cybersecurity ecosystem. The objective of each collaboration is to complement each other’s work, avoid duplication, learn from one another and promote the objective and vision of ECSO.

European Institutions

ECSO maintains close collaboration with European Commissioners and top-level management of the European Commission's DGs including DG CNECT, DG RTD, DG ENER, DG MOVE, JRC, DG DIGIT, EEAS

Upon the invitation of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, ECSO is regularly invited to provide updates on the status of its work to the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues of the Council.

ECSO closely engages with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Committees and Political Groups providing independent assessments on European legislative proposals such as the implementation of the NIS Directive, the Cybersecurity Act including the establishment of a European Certification Framework and the definition of ENISA's new mandate, as well as the set-up of a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres. In parallel, ECSO fosters relations between MEPs and ECSO Members addressing key topics such as support to SMEs, regional development, R&I, investments, disruptive technologies, etc as well as ECSO Initiatives like Women4Cyber and Youth4Cyber.

European Agencies and Bodies

ECSO regularly cooperates with European Agencies and Bodies such as ENISA (European Union Agency for Cybersecurity), EUROPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation), EDA (European Defence Agency), ESA (European Space Agency), EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology), EIB (European Investment Bank), CEN/CENELEC (European Committee for Standardisation/European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)

Other European Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Joint Undertakings(JU)

ECSO coordinates its work with other relevant PPPs and European Associations such as euRobotics, BDVA (Big Data), AIOTI (IoT), EFFRA (Industry 4.0), 5G AI (5G), INATBA (Blockchain), A.SPIRE (Processes), ECSEL (JU on embedded electronics), EUROHPC (JU on High-performance Computing). 

Pilot Projects

Composed by 40% of ECSO members, CONCORDIA, ECHO, SPARTA and CyberSec4Europe are the four winning pilot projects of the 2018 Horizon 2020 cybersecurity call "establishing and operating a pilot for a European Cybersecurity Competence Network and developing a common European Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap". These four EU pilot projects are expected to strengthen the EU's cybersecurity capacity and tackle future cybersecurity challenges for a safer European Digital Single Market.


Board of Directors

ECSO Chairperson

Philippe Vannier

ECSO Vice chairs

Guillaume Poupard
Director General Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI) – National public administration

Charlotte Graire
Senior Manager - Business Development and Partnerships Airbus CyberSecurity – Large company

Giorgio Cusma Lorenzo
Group Senior Director - Cybersecurity, Business continuity Strategy and Group Governance Intesa San Paolo – User/operator

Fabio Martinelli
Senior Researcher Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) – Research Center

Gerd Müller
Representing eurobits e.V – Associations

Mark Miller
Founder & CEO Conceptivity sàrl – SME

Members of Board of Directors

AIRBUS Cyber Security
Leonardo S.p.A;
Schneider Electric
Siemens AG
Sopra Steria
Thales SIX GTS France SAS
Cyber Services
Digital SME
ACN – Alliance pour la Confiance Numérique
AEI Ciberseguridad – Agrupacíon Empresarial Innovadora en Ciberseguridad y Tecnologías Avanzadas (Spanish Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster)
ETNO – European Telecommunication Network Operator's Association
FISC – Finnish Information Security Cluster
NECC - North European Cybersecurity Cluster
Ace Capital Partners
Intesa Sanpaolo
EDF – Electricité de France
RIA – Estonian Information System Authority
Finland – NESA - The National Emergency Supply Agency
France - Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systemes de l'Information (ANSSI) Estonia – Ministry of Defence
Italy – Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)
Spain - INCIBE - National Institute of Cybersecurity
Poland – Ministry of Digital Affairs
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
CEA – Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
Basque Cybersecurity Centre

Reference documents


Luigi Rebuffi
Secretary General

Nina Olesen
Senior Policy Manager

Cyber resilience of economy, infrastructure and services (WG3), Education, training, awareness, cyber ranges, and human factors (WG5), Women4Cyber, Youth4Cyber. Contact: wg3_secretariat@ecs-org.eu or wg5_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Emile Jonckheere
Senior Office Manager

Contact: media@ecs-org.eu

Milda Kaklauskaite
Policy Manager

Supporting the development of Cyber Investor Days, Cybersecurity Made in Europe Label. Contact: wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Roberto G. Cascella
Senior Policy Manager

Standardisation, certification and supply chain management (WG1). Contact at wg1_secretariat@ecs-org.eu SRIA and Cybersecurity Technologies (WG6). Contact at wg6_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Danilo D'Elia
Senior Policy Manager

Market development, investments, international collaboration (WG2). Contact: wg2_secretariat@ecs-org.eu Support to SMEs and cooperation with Regions (WG4) and cPPP Monitoring. Contact: wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Saskia Brugman
Junior Communication & Policy Manager

Women4Cyber. Contact: hello@women4cyber.eu

Sebastijan Čutura
Junior CISO Community and Cyber Resilience Manager

Cyber Resilience of Economy, Infrastructure & Services. Contact: wg3_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Sara Weeks
Communication & Marketing Manager

Communications, marketing and events. Contact: sara.weeks@ecs-org.eu