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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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.

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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

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The European Commission has put the spotlight on Europe's most promising digital innovations emerging from EU funded research and innovation projects. LSEC Member Intrinsic-ID from the Netherlands won the 2016 Innovation Radar Prize for its authentication technology.

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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.


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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.


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Brussels, October 22, 2015: IPACSO announces the 2015 Winners of the EU Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Awards

LSEC, with The IPACSO Consortium today announced the 2015 Champions of the European Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Awards. The winners where selected out of a group of no less then 30 finalists from 11 countries! These high achievers in the cyber and privacy domains included spin- off companies resulting from acedemic research, new exiting start- ups, existing security & privacy entrepreneurs with new products & services, and ICT - and Telco's with innovative security offerings.

The finalists and winners where congratulated personally by Mr. Jakub Boratynski, the Head of the Trust Unit, DG CONNECT, of the European Commission. The winners, finalists and an impression of the conference are published online on the IPACSO Website

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EU and US Deal on Data Protection?

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The EU and U.S. have reached an agreement that would protect personal data used for law enforcement purposes, Reuters reports. However, though the text has been finalized, the European Commission has said it will not be signed until the U.S. passes legislation giving EU citizens the right to judicial redress in the U.S. Meanwhile, Europe's Advocate General is expected to issue a long-awaited legal opinion on Facebook's sharing of personal information with the National Security Agency under the agency's PRISM program. The opinion, which is non-binding but influences the 15 judges on the European Court of Justice, will likely affect the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement. The opinion's expected delivery date is now 23 September.

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On Friday July 14th 2015, LSEC and TNO organized the first IPACSO Cyber Security Innovation Bootcamp in the Netherlands; for a selected group of SME security innovators. The Bootcamps are a part of the IPACSO Project, aimed to support European Cyber Security and Privacy Innovations. LSEC is one of the project partners leading this project.

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London, 5 August 2015 – Sedicii, headquartered in Waterford, Ireland, whose patented “Zero Knowledge Proof Protocol” technology, developed at the National University of Ireland, Galway, is designed to protect both consumers’ and corporates’ sensitive personal data, has today been recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer 2015’ by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Christopher Herr and Dennis M. Allen from the renowned CERT Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University have investigated the role and the characteristics of a potential cybersecurity video game. Several current cybersecurity games were reviewed and key attributes and shortcomings of these games were identified

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