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Together with partners from Spain, Estonia, Germany, UK and Czech Republic, LSEC started project FIRE that aims to facilitate access to it security research, capabilities and it security needs in order to reduce the gap between research and academia. A lot of research activities are unfortunately known only to few in the industry, whilst a lot of research interest is undocumented and gets lost. Also in an effort to reduce industry fragementation throughout Europe and make Europe a stronger Union with a more coordinated IT Security Industry. LSEC and its partners AMETIC, NSMC, Cybernetica, ifis - TeleTrusT and ADS Group - SITC will be actively identifying researchers, research, it security offerings and demand and als documenting this during seminars and online publications over the course of the next couple of years. For more information, please download our executive summary of FIRE, or contact your FIRE coordinator in proximity. .
Europe bands together to fight against botnets, LSEC leads pilot developments in Advanced Cyber Defence Center with EU support
LSEC - Association of information security companies in Europe and eco – Association the German Industry together with 28 partners from 14 European countries are launching a project against one of the biggest Internet security threats: Every fifth computer is currently estimated to be part of a botnet used by cyber criminals to infect end user computers with malware and gain remote access to them. Kicking off today in Frankfurt, the association begins its work as the coordinator of the Advanced Cyber Defence Center (ACDC) which is supported by the European Union.
The Advanced Cyber Defence Center is an important building block for the cyber security strategy of the EU. At the launch press conference on February 7th, EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "We need to protect our networks and systems and improve their resilience.
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Major societal events such as the recent Arabic spring, international marches against the current economical crisis and the recent disasters in Norway or at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, are proving the need and the importance of critical infrastructures, resilience of networks, and the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
When communication channels such as GSM break down, family and friends can continue to be connected. Either Wifi, or when the communication picks up again, all tweets are being forwarded.
Pictures on site are being taken and broadcasted, shared in the world even before press and traditional media can participate.
This is a great evolution, which we fully support and also companies and critical infrastructures should take this into consideration when discussing the impact of social media on their corporate networks.
January 2013, a new year, a new challenge. The year started with the BANG of data losses by private and public companies, by numerous companies reporting to us about data breaches and their networks and systems being compromised over the last couple of weeks.
The LSEC Community, over 3000 connected individuals from various organizations, more than 125 specialized Members and the international networks of The European Security Innovation Network and FIRE, together more than 1600 companies in security and defense technologies wishes you a safe, secure, prosperous and happy 2013.
During 2013 we plan to further grow the community and organize supporting activities for a more comprehensive view on security related topics, projects that bring together the expertise of industrial end consumers, the it security industry and researchers and we continue to build our independent informatio security networking platform for the industry at large.
We look forward meeting you during our live meetings and in our online communities. Join the discussions and become part of the solution, even (especially) if you have had your series of security incidents already ... More is yet to come ...
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LSEC plays leading role in Europe's cybersecurity strategy as partner in anti-botnet pilots
Europe bands together to fight against botnets
LSEC leads pilot developments in Advanced Cyber Defence Center with EU support
Cologne - Leuven, 13.02.2013 – LSEC - Association of information security companies in Europe and eco – Association the German Industry together with 28 partners from 14 European countries are launching a project against one of the biggest Internet security threats: Every fifth computer is currently estimated to be part of a botnet used by cyber criminals to infect end user computers with malware and gain remote access to them. Kicking off today in Frankfurt, the association begins its work as the coordinator of the Advanced Cyber Defence Center (ACDC) which is supported by the European Union.
The project will offer a full range of services for increased cyber security ranging from malware recognition to prevention. The campaign partners are large public network providers, software producers, scientific institutions, law enforcement and administrative bodies, banks, as well as certification authorities.
"Working together to combat botnets is fundamentally important: From providers to the police and all the way to the end users. We have seen how effective that can be at the national level with the Anti-Botnet-Advisory Center. We look forward to taking this effective approach to defy botnets in Europe together with our strong partners. With the Advanced Cyber Defence Center we are aiming to develop a series of activities to better cope with cyber threats, more in particulat botnets," says LSEC ceo Ulrich Seldeslachts
The Advanced Cyber Defence Center is an important building block for the cyber security strategy of the EU. At the launch press conference on February 7th, EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "We need to protect our networks and systems and improve their resilience. To this end we should ensure that all actors play their part in fighting botnets and malware. Cyber threats are not contained to national borders: nor should cyber security be." The Head of Unit DG Connect of the European Commission, Giuseppe Abbamonte, adds: "ACDC is the first initiative launched in the context of the EU Cyber Security Strategy. This project will improve protection of our networks and systems against botnets and malware."
On of the intended applications in the EU pilot project is the Clearing House which receives reports from the project partners on security issues like spam campaigns in their networks, stolen data, or DDoS attacks. Affected parties such as end users, mobile phone providers, and banks, providers of security solutions or hosting providers are then informed of the incidents and receive support via the central website http://www.botfree.eu (http://www.botvrij.be and http://www.sansbot.be) from national support centers to remove the malware. The support centers are supposed to offer the necessary downloadable tools. What's more, small and mid-sized companies receive support if their websites are infected with malware.
In addition, the Advanced Cyber Defence Center is committed to identifying infected websites and committed to removing malware programs. Participating providers will also detect anomalies in their networks, botnets in the cloud, and within mobile networks and report them to the Clearing House.
The pilot project has a total budget of 16 million Euros and is supposed to initially run for 30 months.
A fact sheet about the project is available at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/apps/projects/factsheet/index.cfm?project_ref=325188.
The speech given by EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes at the launch of the EU Cyber Security Strategy is available at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-104_en.htm.
LSEC (http://www.lsec.be) - Leaders in Security is an industry association of information security companies. Founded in 2002, LSEC organizes with and for the industry various information security events related to enterprise, government and end users, LSEC brings together the expertise in the industry in industrial research projects such as ACDC, FIRE, MOBES and the Eurtopean Security Innovation Network. LSEC's members include some of the largest expert companies and top security experts on a global level such as RSA, Vasco, Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, G-Data, Qualys, and many others.
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