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LSEC - Leaders In Security

Welcome to LSEC, an internationally renowned Information security cluster, a not for profit organization that has the objective to promote Information Security and the expertise in BeNeLux and Europe. Founded by the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), supported by European Commission FP7 and leading a unique PAN European Private partnership that interacts with Public Institutions, LSEC connects security industry experts, research institutes and universities, government agencies, end users, funding bodies and technical experts who are driving national and European research agendas. LSEC activities aim to raise cyber security awareness, support innovation and competitiveness of the European IT- Security market and promote the visibility of its members.

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European researchers, ICT Security professionals and industry, supported by the European Commission to honour those making an impact in Privacy and Cyber Security

Europe's most innovative and forward-thinking researchers and entrepreneurs gathered in Brussels on 23 October 2014, recognising those who are bolstering Europe's cyber security landscape.

The awards are the brainchild of an EU-supported research project, named Innovation Framework for Privacy and Cyber Security Market Opportunities (IPACSO). LSEC is a member of this consortium, which comprises a diverse range of industry, academic, R&D and policy-making experts collaborating to build a faster, more effective and efficient road-to-market landscape for cyber security entrepreneurs.

The award Ceremony took place October 23rd, in the Innovation Center Living Tomorrow, in Vilvoorde Belgium. With inspiring presentations and interesting discussions. Click here to view the full press release on the IPACSO website, an impression of the conference, an overview of the finalists and the list of the award winners per each of the 6 categories


October 23rd , the first European Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Awards will take place in Belgium. With these Awards, the IPACSO consortium, supported by the European Commission, awards Privacy and Cyber Security Innovators in Europe. From all entries, the independent review commission created a short list of 20 innovative companies the IT - security & privacy domains. This short list is now available on the event page.

Click here for an overview of the nominees and conference program, and confirm your attendance to the award ceremony and conference. Registration is free of charge, but seats are limited and registration is mandatory



The European Commission is launching a public survey on Net Innovation. This survey is related to the definition of the new Work Programme 2016-2017 for Horizon 2020, aimed to accelerate new forms of Internet- based Innovations in Europe. To prepare the new Work Programme, the Commission is updating its vision for the Net Innovation area, identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and establishing a research and innovation agenda for the coming years.

The questionnaire is aimed at gathering the opinions of all interested in Net Innovation topics that are to be covered under the 2016-2017 Work Programme.

This consultation is open from 12th August till 30th September 2014. You can access it here.

In 2012, LSEC together with AMETIC (Spain), ADS Group (UK), Cybernetica (Estonia), NSMC - Network Security Monitoring Cluster (Czech Republic) and TeleTrusT – IFIS (Germany), started the organization of the European analysis of the cyber security landscape, for the European Commission.

The FIRE- project helps researchers understand Industry IT- security needs, and helps Industry access the IT- security research that they need. A key part of the project is to get an Industry view of what EU funded research should be focusing on.

FIRE recently issued a Research Agenda, which includes research topics, identifying suggested areas of research that address the main research needs of users. These topics have been validated by the FIRE Advisory Board and at regional validation workshops with over 150 stakeholders from industry, research and administration. A total of 38 research topics meriting EC research funding support have been identified, that address six broad categories of user research need across the Energy, Finance, Health, Government, and Mobile Communications sectors. 


Read the full press release here 
Download the Research Agenda here

The International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Belgium in collaboration with Microsoft, E&Y, LSEC, B-CCENTRE & ISACA, released the original English version of the Belgian Cyber Security Guide in November 2013. The guide is now also available in  French and Dutch. 

For more information.


(Please register yourself as a Member in order to be able to download the Guide.)

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