The "Cybersecurity Smart Regions" partnership aims at fostering cooperation for strong European cyber ecosystems


Cybersecurity risks in Europe are dramatically increasing: cyberespionage, cybercrime and theft of personal data are amongst the more pressing threats to the European society and economy. In the meanwhile, the development of European cyber technologies and of a cybersecurity industry is an opportunity for economic growth and job creation. Yet, cybersecurity in Europe is a nascent market still fragmented.

The aim of the partnership “Cybersecurity Smart Regions” is to develop interregional cooperation in order to:
  • create synergies among the existing specialized regions in cybersecurity
  • facilitate the development of EU cybersecurity value chain
  • address the challenges that hamper commercialisation of existing and new products and services in Europe
  • foster business investment on cybersecurity.

National and regional authorities and representatives from the quadruple helix involved in this partnership have already developed a wide range of activities supporting cybersecurity development. Indeed, strengthening cyber local ecosystems in Europe has a fundamental role in structuring the still “young” European sector.

In this context, this partnership aims to foster cooperation between already existing mature ecosystems which has defined cybersecurity as a priority of their Strategy for Smart Specialisation (S3).

Developing the cybersecurity sector and providing mechanisms for regions to cooperate and engage industry, academia and end-users is forefront to the success of this partnership and of the EU as a whole.

Results of the mapping

The result of the mapping exercise is available in a dedicated website.

List of regions participating

Contact details of the Leading Regions

Contact details of DG REGIO

Related documents

Monitoring reports containing a management report and a progress report prepared by the lead regions are available here:
Monitoring report Cybersecurity Smart Regions July-December 2020
(284 KB - PDF)

Other relevant documents:
"Multi-level Governance in Cybersecurity: What Role for the European Regions?" Kaklauskaitė, M., European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), 2020.
(1.3 MB - PDF)
COVID-19 Cybersecurity Response Package - An ECSO Cyber Solidarity Campaign
(2.2 MB - PDF)
ECSO Position Paper: The role of the regions in strengthening the European Union’s cyber security, 2021
(1.4 MB - PDF)

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