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.
May 5th, the European Parliament finally publsihed the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which will take effect on May 25th, 2018. With more than 70% of European companies not even aware of this regulation, let alone be ready to comply to the regulation, LSEC and its Members and Partners started with a series of events and activities that will support the strategic definition, implementation of activities and exchanging expert advice that lead to compliance. During these events all different aspects will be investigated in depth. The major differentiator is that we will not only debate the legal implications, but will deep dive into its implementation best practices, building on top of existing processes and procedures (such as ISO 27k, PCI/DSS, Basel II, ....), using existing technologies (implementing the right rules on NGFW, NGIDS, SIEM, Data Leakage in End Protection, Encryption technologies, ....).
These seminars will be supported with various white papers, expert advisory and sessions minutes.
More information on the Data Protection Regulaton with links and documentation can be found on the Data Protection Section of the LSEC website. Registration to the events can be found there as well.
Join us today in getting ready for first major European Security regulation for enterprises.
The Infradata Security Summit 2016 was a fun gathering of security experts and Infradata partners and customers. LSEC's Ulrich Seldeslachts provided attendees a perspective on the Data Protection regulation, some of the challenges for enterprise market.
Attendees, about 2/3 indicated their concerns in privacy, but zero attendees had either investigated the GDPR, or its impact for their organization. Ulrich Seldeslachts from LSEC tried to give an insight in the regulatory changes, following the current challenges and putting them into a business perspective indicating to security professionals what impact they might cause.
Other interesting contributions from NSS-labs, participating and joing directly from the US, providing insights on their market analysis methodologies for enterprise security products such as next generation firewalls and next generation ids.
More information on the event can be found on the Infradata website. Presentations can be found there as well.
ENISA is conducting a study focused on the understanding of the market outreach of Network and Information Security Products and Services in the context of the Digital Single Market. The aim is to improve the market growth for NIS Products and Services produced by EU companies, by leveraging the opportunities and tools offered by the DSM.
To validate the findings and recommendations of the study, ENISA organized a work meeting with a selected group of industry representatives. LSEC was present at the meeting, providing input based upon its own research, innovation support activities and recommendations towards policy makers from the IPACSO and FIRE projects, and representing the EU Cyber Security community and LSEC Members.
The purpose of this working meeting was to discuss around the current usage and limitations of NIS Products and Services, as well as emerging threats and trends in different market sectors. The objective is to propose recommendations to improve the market growth for NIS Products and Services produced by EU companies, by leveraging the opportunities offered by the Digital Single Market.
The meeting took take place in Brussels, on the 12th of October and was hosted by the European Commission. LSEC will continue to participate in these activities, provide relevant inputs supporting the EU Cyber Security sector, and publish the final recommendations and follow up actions from the European Commission.
With approximately 250 participants, after 150 speed dates in three rounds, 40 pitches in breakout sessions, in total 18 presentations, panel discussions and a main speech, Seaside Matchmaking Cybersecurity 2016 (SMMCS2016) ended on the 14th of October in Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague.
By speed dating, idea pitching, matchmaking, best practice discovering, supply and demand connecting during SMMCS2016 foundations under future cooperation in cybersecurity research and (higher) education were made.
RVO and NWO-dcypher announced new funding rounds for long term and short term research and innovation projects. For a full impression of the event, more information about the Dutch Cyber Security Research and Innovation Agenda and funding mechanisms, visit the dcypher website
LSEC joined the Takedown Consortium, a multidisciplinary team of sociologists, psychologists, law, security and technology experts amongst others. Together they aim at generating novel insights on Organized Crime, Terrorism Networks and their use of Cybercrime. In order to meet this challenge and to investigate this complex field of research a multidimensional modelling approach is used. The resulting, proprietary TAKEDOWN Model describes social, psychological, economic aspects as well as further dimensions, activities and response approaches. A comprehensive empirical research combined with European and international expert knowledge ensures a valid and intuitive model for Security practioners, intelligence agencies and law enforcement. LSEC's experts can learn from models and operations which are also applied in cyber crimes. They can contribute with their expertise in operations of criminal behaviors and organised crime on the internet. Takedown is supported by the European Commission through the H2020 Program, and will run until 2019.
For more information, please visit the LSEC - Takedown - website part.
CEO signs deal with Intel during Dutch-Flemish trade mission to Atlanta, supported by LSEC
Philips spinoff Intrinsic-ID has been nominated to win the Innovation Radar Prize 2016. Intrinsic-ID’s technology uses biometrics to help computerchips recognize and ‘acknowledge’ other chips around the world. “Just like a human being, a chip possesses unique biometric qualities. We teach them to judge whether or not it’s safe to communicate with other chips”, founder Pim Tuyl says.
Strassbourg, July 5th 2016: LSEC is one of the Foundation Partners of a public - private partnership on cyber security, launched by the European Commission today. The partnership is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020, and is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber-attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector.
On June 22nd the LSEC Annual Meeting took place in the beautiful historical setting of the Kasteel van Horst. Surrounded by water, trees and natural sounds and atmosphere, the LSEC members debated and reflected upon the challenges of IT Security managers, IT Security and Cyber Security for their organizations, the current offerings versus developments taking place within innovative companies. A joint call by ICT Security innovators Intrinsic-ID, Vasco Data Security, Unomaly and research organizations KU Leuven and IFIS was hailed by Laborelec Engie and the participants to have a participative user community in innovation developments. LSEC launched cybersecurity.vlaanderen and debated about its objectives and activities, security managers called for a quality label and consolidating the avaiable expertise in Belgium. Participants debated about their current it security needs and activities and whether the current solutions are in line, followed by a perspective on their near term future needs. Participants were stimulated to evaluate future cyber security scenario's based upon the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
June 13th, industrial crypto and encryption revisited. During this thought provoking seminar in Leuven, LSEC organized at its Alma Mater a series of perspectives of the use of encryption technologies, by industry and in enterprise applications. Prof. Dr. Bart Preneel, world leader in crypto technologies presented a perspective on the capabilities of government institutions and administrations on eavesdropping, intentionally and accidentally. The call for more debate on European level on supervision and governance of administrations and intelligence services. European intelligence agencies are equally capable and guilty of spying on European companies as US Intelligence Services. An industry perspective on the use of blockchain and applications towards cybersecurity including their use by telecom operators to increase security capabilities. Sophos presented an enterprise-wide encryption solution, the Sophos Safeguard. Finally Intrinsic-ID presented industrial applications of secured IoT by means of physical identity functions. More information can be found at :