Brussels, February 26, 2019 - Guardtime is leading the development of a European federated cyber range solution under a major research and innovation project, ECHO, launched by the European Commission. ECHO pilots a set-up for the future European cybersecurity research and innovation framework. With the 15-million-euro project that includes leading European cybersecurity stakeholders, the European Commission is paving the way to establish the European Cybersecurity Competence Network and Centre that will function as the core EU cybersecurity capability development framework for the upcoming multiannual financial period (2021-2027).

Guardime’s Cyber Range & Exercises team will lead the research and development of the ECHO Federated Cyber Range solution to enable interconnecting and pooling cyber range capabilities in Europe. The solution will foster unprecedented cooperation between different range providers by facilitating the delivery of multi-sector exercises with complex and distinct technological requirements. Other deliverables of the ECHO project feature developing a European Cybersecurity Certification Scheme, a Cybersecurity Skills Framework and a comprehensive cyber information sharing tool.

Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime Estonia:

“Participation in the ECHO project is a reflection of Guardtime’s commitment to boost innovation and lessen fragmentation in European cybersecurity market. By proactive participation in organizations such as the European Cybersecurity Organisation, the North European Cybersecurity Cluster and the Estonian Information Security Association, we have actively pushed for a more deepened and integrated cybersecurity R&D collaboration in Europe. ECHO, a project with high strategic relevance to the European Union, is another necessary step in that direction.”

Luc Dandurand, Head of Cyber Operations:

“ECHO provides Guardtime an excellent opportunity to share our unique expertise in the field of cyber ranges and exercises, whilst also benefiting from cooperation with 30 leading European universities, companies and defence organisations. Cybersecurity is, by nature, a collaborative challenge, and we continue to engage in cooperative research and innovation initiatives to enhance competences and widen our partnership network to continue to deliver tailored cybersecurity solutions that meet the complex needs of our customers.”
The kick-off meeting for the four-year project was held on the 25th of February in Brussels.