European Cyber Security Organisation

ECSO - uniting European cybersecurity stakeholders

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL is a fully self-financed non-for-profit organisation under the Belgian law, established in June 2016. ECSO is the private counterpart to the European Commission in implementing the contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on cybersecurity. We unite a variety of European cybersecurity stakeholders across the EU Member States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 Programme associated countries. ECSO's main goal is to develop a competitive European cybersecurity ecosystem, to support the protection of the European Digital Single Market with trusted cybersecurity solutions, and to contribute to the advancement of the European digital autonomy.

ECSO is engaged in taking concrete actions to achieve these objectives by:-

  • Collaborate with the European Commission and national public administrations to promote Research and Innovation (R&I) in cybersecurity;
  • Propose a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and a Multiannual Roadmap with its regular updates;
  • Foster market development and investments in demonstration projects and pilots to facilitate bringing innovation to cybersecurity market;
  • Foster competitiveness and growth of the cybersecurity industry in Europe (large companies and SME) as well as end users and operators through innovative cybersecurity technologies, applications, services, solutions;
  • Support the widest and best market uptake of innovative cybersecurity technologies and services for professional and private use;
  • Promote and assist in the definition and implementation of a European cybersecurity industrial policy to encourage the use of cybersecurity solutions as well as secure and trustworthy ICT solutions to increase digital autonomy;
  • Support the development and the interests of the entire cybersecurity and ICT security ecosystem (including education, training awareness, etc.)

Cyber Wales is a Qualified Issuer accredited by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

A new initiative has been launched by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) in July 2020 called the "Cybersecurity Made in Europe" Label.

Cyber Wales are one of 11 founding Partners including cyber ecosystems from France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria and we are very proud to be the only Qualified Issuer of the coveted "Cybersecurity Made in Europe" Label in the UK.

The key purpose of the Label ‘Cybersecurity Made in Europe’ is to serve as an industry-driven marketing instrument to promote qualified European-based cybersecurity companies and increase their commercial exposure far beyond their traditional home markets. European cybersecurity companies from the European Union Member States (EU27), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as the United Kingdom (UK) will be eligible to apply for the Label.

Cybersecurity made in Europe

The criteria for applicants is:-

  • European-based - The company is a legal entity, headquartered in Europe. If the company is a part of a group, then the group headquarters must be registered in Europe.
  • European ownership - The company must provide reasonable assurance (declaring ownership structure, majority stakes) that there is no major ownership/control from the outside Europe.
  • Europe as a primary business place - The company must demonstrate that it has >50% of cybersecurity R&D activities and >50% of staff (FTE) located in the EU27, EFTA, EEA countries and the UK.
  • Trustworthy cybersecurity (ICT) products and services - The company declares to comply with the basic requirements defined by the ENISA’s ‘Indispensable baseline security requirements for the secure ICT products and services’, including no-spy declaration, which ensures that no offered product or solution contains backdoors (non-declared functionality).
  • Data and privacy - The company declares to be GDPR compliant.
The Label is valid for the period of 12 months. The Labels which have been issued during the launch period, ending on 1 March 2021, are exceptionally valid for a period of 18 months.

If the company wants to continue carrying the Label after the validity expires, it commits to indicate all the relevant changes which have taken place since the last eligibility check and approval. In case of no relevant changes, the re-issuance takes place automatically once the payment is received.

Only qualified issuers accredited by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) has the right to issue the Label. Their contacts are available on the ECSO website. Prospective companies can choose any qualified issuer of their choice regardless of the country in which their European headquarters are located. ECSO does not accept applications from companies and does not issue the Label. However, it remains the sole owner and supervisor of the Label scheme.

Contact any qualified issuing association of your choice to express your interest in obtaining the label. You will be asked to submit your application electronically for the eligibility check. Here is the list of the documents you will need to prepare:

  • Completed ‘Cybersecurity Made In Europe’ application form, provided by the qualified issuing partner.
  • Factsheet about your company, including the declaration of the ownership structure, majority stakes and proof of the majority of R&D activities in Europe.
  • Declaration about your conformity with ENISA’s ‘Indispensable baseline security requirements for the secure ICT products and services’.
  • Confirmation letter, signed by the CEO or any authorised signatory of the company with power of attorney, declaring the correctness of the application form.
  • Payment commitment for the processing fee for issuing the Label.
If you are interested in applying for this new and much sought after Label please contact Cyber Wales and we will send you the Application Form.

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