The results of last year's call under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) have been published. €7.9 million will be granted to 12 proposals with applicants from 15 EU Member States, to create, maintain or expand national capacities of national and/or governmental (n/g) Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)/Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) to run a range of cyber security services.

CEF's work programme for 2018 is allocating additional financial support to both the Core Service Platform and Generic Services for Cybersecurity Digital Service Infrastructures (set up in 2016).

In addition to the refinement of the co-operation mechanism for CSIRTs, known as MeliCERTes,  the objective is to establish an enabling facility for a series of European level sectoral ISACs (Information Sharing and Analysis Centers) with industry and NIS Directive stakeholders for improved awareness and preparedness of cyber security risks and threats. As referenced in the September cyber package, supports under CEF Generic Services are being broadened out to encompass not only CSIRTs but also operators of essential services, digital service providers and national competent authorities under the NIS Directive.  

A competitive call for proposals under Generic Services is to open in May and close next November.  Funding available under the Cybersecurity DSI can amount to € 20.5million this year.