Today, the German National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity in Industry, Technology and Research (NKCS) officially started its work. The NKCS was established as a joint cooperation platform with a central role for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which will now be the main point of contact for the European Competence Center, the coordination centers of the other EU member states and the national cybersecurity community.
These are further details:
- The EU Regulation 2021/887 is considered the basis for the establishment of the NKCS and aims to align investments in cybersecurity research, technology and industrial development across Europe. This is to ensure that competitive cybersecurity solutions continue to be developed in Europe and that they are offered worldwide.
- The focus is on broad participation of the European cybersecurity community in the EU funding programs ‘Horizon Europe’ and ‘Digital Europe’ with a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups.
- The next steps of the NKCS targeted at creating an information platform for interested parties, promoting networking within the cybersecurity community, and providing consulting services on cybersecurity research and development topics, including project proposals.
Arne Schönbohm, BSI President, commented: "I am proud that the BSI is assuming the central function in the NKCS. Together with our partners, we will be the national point of contact for research, industry and society to promote innovations from Germany in cybersecurity and product development. In this way, Germany is making a significant contribution to digital sovereignty, innovative ideas and competitive products made in Europe."