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.
At the age of 67, our friend and cyber security inspiration Howard Schmidt peacefully passed away, last March 2nd in his home in Wisconsin after a long battle of cancer.
A computer crime expert, who advised two presidents and drafted cybersecurity safeguards for the US and the rest of the world, was one of the first recognizing the need to work together in the continuous battle for a safe and secure cyber space. He founded the inpiration for many to start sharing information between law enforcement, government and business. A practice being served throughout the globe.
Rest in Peace Howard, you will continue to be an inspiration for all of us working to ensure a better world, also in cyber. You were a wonderful, amicable person, always available for a talk and support. Condolences to the family from the whole of the ICT Security community in Belgium and beyond.
Or LinkedIn Obituary https://www.linkedin.com/in/schmidthoward/recent-activity/
Industrial environments, manufacturing and other automation driven systems have been part of our core expertise for over a decade. LSEC is working closely with its Core Members and Individual Members helping them to not only improve the security, but also to better understand the opportunities and challenges the fourth industrial revolution (referred to as Industrie 4.0) might bring. For this reason LSEC has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, and is leading the efforts on bringing together available expertise on industrie40.vlaanderen and in the 3IF.be and Connected Factories projects. 3IF is promoting digital technologies in manufacturing environments, providing insights in the ICT developments allowing for breakthrough innovations and adapting to new business models and advanced customer demand. LSEC is on the edge of the digital transformation and provides insights into its impact on security; or reversely, indicating how the ICT security domain can embrace exciting new developments for the Factories of the Future.
More information on the white paper opportunities for ICT security industry in the evolving industrial automation space, with links and documentation can be found in of the 3IF.be website.
Join in for regular events and activities, such as inspiration workshops, security workshops and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.