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Collaborative Ecosystem for M-Payments Workshop: A Workshop co-organized by the European Commission and ETSI

In Europe the mobile payments market is very fragmented with systems and pilots developed mostly at national level. Technical solutions are sometimes specified in standards organizations and consortia, but the emergence of a pan-European marketplace for m-payments might still be inhibited by the lack of cross-border standardized/interoperable technical solutions. With regard to security in particular, the multiplicity of technical solutions adds to market fragmentation, to the complexity of the cost of rolling out and running the service. This ultimately constitutes a barrier (maybe the major barrier) to market uptake that all players, whatever their strategies and positions in the value chain, have a common interest in overcoming. In view of this market context the European Commission and ETSI are co-organizing a workshop to kick start a collaborative effort to define a generic (i.e. technology agnostic) standardized security platform to enable secure and interoperable m-payments service delivery.

Last call - Help shape the Exhibition of ICT 2013

19 June 2013 - 16.00 is the deadline for submiting your proposal for ICT 2013 exhibition in Vilnius. 150 stands are available to showcase the latest findings in advanced research, technologies, new systems, innovation in services & business and ICT products just coming to market.

Networking at ICT 2013

Do you have a specific topic to propose for discussion? Bid for a dedicated networking slot at the event! Propose a topic for a Horizon 2020-related networking session. Deadline: 10 May

Cybersecurity of Smart Grids

Outcomes of the Expert Group on the Security and Resilience of Communications Networks and Information Systems for Smart Grids (2011-2012)

Europe bands together to fight against botnets

Eco, the Association of German Internet Industry together with 28 partners from 14 European countries are launching a project against one of the biggest Internet security threats: Every fifth computer is currently estimated to be part of a botnet used by cyber criminals to infect end user computers with malware and gain remote access to them. Kicking off today in Frankfurt, the association begins its work as the coordinator of the Advanced Cyber Defence Center (ACDC) which is supported by the European Union. The project will offer a full range of services for increased cyber security ranging from malware recognition to prevention. The campaign partners are large public network providers, software producers, scientific institutions, law enforcement and administrative bodies, banks, as well as certification authorities.

Communication on a Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union – An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace

The EU is determined to safeguard an online environment providing the highest possible freedom and security, for the benefit of everyone. This strategy is jointly adopted by the Commission and the High Representative. It outlines the EU's vision in this domain, clarifies roles and responsibilities and proposes specific activities at EU level. Its goal is to ensure strong and effective protection and promotion of citizens' rights so as to make the EU's online environment the safest in the world.

Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security – frequently asked questions

Information systems can be affected by security incidents, such as human mistakes, natural events, technical failures or malicious attacks. These incidents are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more complex. 57% of people who responded to a Commission consultation said they had experienced Network Information Security (NIS) incidents over the previous year. A lack of NIS can compromise vital services: it can stop businesses functioning, generate substantial financial losses for the EU economy and negatively affect societal welfare. Digital information systems, in particular the internet, work across borders. A disruption in one EU country can have a knock-on effect in other Member States or the EU as a whole - for example, cross-border movement of goods, services and people could be hampered.

CIP ICT PSP Call 7 on Trusted eServices (Workprogramme 2013)

The call is open in several fields. Cybersecurity can be under Theme 4, Trusted eServices. The total amount in this theme is €7,000,000 million, while the total budget of the call is €125,700,000. The call is open until 14 May 2013. This theme addresses cybersecurity in three areas: website, critical infrastructures and information sharing.

European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) opens on 11 January

As from 11 January the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be up and running to help protect European citizens and businesses from cyber-crime. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström will participate in the official opening of the Centre established at the European Police Office, Europol in the Hague (the Netherlands).