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Centre for Risk Research contributes to European Cybersecurity Strategy

Published: 12 March 2016
Dr. Florent Federix

Members of the Centre for Risk Research (CRR) recently entered into discussions with Dr. Florent Frederix, Principal Administrator at the Trust and Security Unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, regarding cyber security policies in Europe.

Florent Frederix was particularly keen to discuss risk-related issues associated with the development of an industrial cybersecurity strategy – one of the top 16 EU priorities for the development of an operational European digital single market. Florent Federix also said that he is keen to drive the progress of cybersecurity research and innovation in Europe.


In his meetings, he explored research and evidence

relating to EU industrial cybersecurity policy. This includes secure communications, post-quantum computer security challenges, threat sharing, where in the EU authority should lie, how to balance security and privacy against the demand for access by the authorities to communications. He also highlighted issues such as the global context and international cooperation mechanisms, and he discussed appropriate responses to developments such as cryptocurrencies, smart grids, driverless cars, remotely piloted aircraft systems and the sharing economy.


Dr. Federix sought insights from Dr. Tiejun Ma on risk management of cyber security threats and the business response to these threats. Dr. Ma observed that “It was rewarding to see the work of the Centre for Risk research acknowledged by a leading European policy maker and it was a great opportunity to help influence the direction of future European cybersecurity strategy”.

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