Waterford Institute of Technology leading policy and technical dialogues between European Union and United States in Cybersecurity and Privacy

Left to right: Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce - New Jersey, Prof. Rebecca Wright, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Yolanda Ursa, INMARK EUROPA SA, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Dan Caprio, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Jonathan Litchman, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Fabio Martinelli, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, and Claudio Caimi, Hewlett Packard Italiana Srl.

Left to right: Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey, Prof. Rebecca Wright, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Yolanda Ursa, INMARK EUROPA SA, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Dan Caprio, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Jonathan Litchman, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Fabio Martinelli, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, and Claudio Caimi, Hewlett Packard Italiana Srl.

The TSSG group of the Waterford Institute of Technology has been successful with the awarding of an International EU – US project in the ICT 2016-2017 call of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme.

The AEGIS project answers the H2020 dedicated call in relation to strengthening of dialogues between Europe and the United States, in order to facilitate exchange of views, policies and best practices to stimulate cooperation around cybersecurity and privacy Research & Innovation (R&I), and contribute in shaping the future global cybersecurity and privacy landscape.

At its core, the project is setting up an EU-US Cybersecurity Reflection Group composed of two dedicated working groups: 1. Cybersecurity Research and Innovation; and 2. Cybersecurity Policy topics, which will collectively give attention to international technical trends, and policy and legislation challenges in cybersecurity and privacy. The reflection group (expected to be minimum around 15 persons per Working Group) will facilitate the effective collaboration of a wide range of interested parties including policy makers, researchers, technology experts, business leaders, cyber policies experts and influencers and civil society.

The AEGIS project builds upon earlier work carried out at the TSSG in relation to the building of international cooperation with the United States and other countries, including the FP7 INCO-Trust project (2008 – 2010), FP7 BIC – Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (2011 – 2013), which created an EU based cooperation platform for researchers in the areas related to Trustworthy ICT in EU and Brazil, India, South Africa, USA, and many other countries, and the currently running H2020 DISCOVERY project (2016-2017), which is looking at the broader aspects of EU-US cooperation in all areas related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). AEGIS will complement these projects very well with a specific focus on the enhancement of transatlantic dialogues in relation to the technical and policy aspects in areas related to the important topics of cybersecurity and privacy.

The AEGIS project held its kick off meeting at Rutgers University in New Jersey on 16-17th June, 2017, which was attended by Mr. James Clarke of the TSSG group of Waterford Institute of Technology. Mr. Clarke coordinated the earlier international cooperation projects for WIT in the EU Framework Programme 7 and H2020 programmes and is the WIT lead person on the H2020 AEGIS project.

According to Clarke, “It is very appropriate to have the AEGIS kick off meeting hosted at Rutgers University in New Jersey as they have been actively involved with us since 2008 during the earlier INCO-TRUST and BIC projects in their role as coordinator of a dedicated United States National Science Foundation (US-NSF) cooperation grant, which enabled active participation of key experts from the United States to attend the transatlantic workshops organised by the projects on both sides of the Atlantic. It is my distinct pleasure to now work together with Rutgers University in the AEGIS project as a full partner of a prestigious H2020 EU-US collaborative project, especially in appreciation to their earlier dedication to the building of US-EU activities in these most important topics of Cybersecurity and Privacy.

In addition to Waterford Institute of Technology, the other partners in the AEGIS consortium include:

INMARK EUROPA SA (Spain), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy), Hewlett Packard Italiana Srl (Italy), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (United States), European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey (United States), The Providence Group – Washington D.C. (United States).

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