The European cybersecurity market is huge, diverse and complex. Browsing popular listings, one can spot several hundreds different products on the European market alone. This can make it difficult for CISOs (Chief Information Security Officer) to find their way through all this diversity. The offer is very fragmented and some of them are not adapted to European needs.
Autonomy in not only national, but also European
To understand the importance of European cybersecurity, remember that it has been a strategic matter for the EU, especially since 2013 and the publication of the “Cyber Security Strategy of the European Union” position paper. This has even be reinforced since the international tensions intensified. As such, the Commission is giving cybersecurity increasing attention and support.
With this in mind, let’s consider that strong cybersecurity is not just about adopting the best security solutions available on the market. Instead, it means building a complete ecosystem that includes research and innovation, education and training of security professionals, testing facilities for products and services certifications, startups incubators as well as specialized service providers. This meets a growing demand in both private and public sectors, strong even prior to the Ukraine invasion of 2022.
To ensure that such an ecosystem keeps working over time, Europe needs to develop its own “critical mass” in cybersecurity by nurturing a community of growing companies focused on developing innovative security solutions around Europe’s key needs. In addition to supporting these companies financially, the EU can also be helpful by encouraging cooperation between SMEs and larger groups or even competitors; promoting simplified procurement processes; and developing European standards for cybersecurity certification schemes.
The “Cybersecurity Made in Europe” label recognises the quality of European cybersecurity companies
The label is built on the basis of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity’s recommendations, and operated by the European CyberSecurity Organisation (ECSO). The label is only granted to companies and organisations which are audited and comply with all mandatory criteria.
To respond to new challenges related to digital sovereignty, this initiative aims at contributing to Europe’s digital autonomy. It does so by promoting its cybersecurity ecosystem through a quality label that can then ensure strategic autonomy. The “Cybersecurity Made In Europe” Label guarantees that members meet very tight criteria including trustworthiness and respect of European regulations.
SEKOIA holds the label and is a steady advocate for European cybersecurity
As a leading European extended threat detection and response provider, SEKOIA has always been committed to the development of innovative cybersecurity solutions made in Europe. SEKOIA co-founder and CSO David Bizeul is proud of this commitment:
“We are a French company, founded by researchers passionate about cybersecurity. We have worked hard to evolve our solution toward greater maturity and relevance for the market; in doing so, we have developed an expertise that puts us at the forefront of the ongoing effort to make Europe more secure online.”David BIZEUL, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder
SEKOIA’s commitment to providing high-quality solutions for its customers is part of its motivation for pursuing this label. In seeking out the “Cybersecurity Made in Europe” label, we hope our customers will recognize us as a reliable partner both technically and in accordance with EU governance.
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 privileged partner of the European Commission for the implementation of the Cybersecurity Public-Private Partnership, as well as a recognised actor in the European institutional landscape. A pan European, multi-stakeholder and cross sectoral partnership organisation working on cybersecurity with a holistic approach, ECSO federates the European Cybersecurity public and private sector, including large companies, SMEs and start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users and operators of essential services, clusters and associations. It also brings together the local, regional and national public administrations across the European Union Members States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 Programme associated countries.