Sponsored by the Danish Industry Foundation, all of the eight Danish universities and several other partner institutions unite their forces in a national cybersecurity hub.
The new hub will offer an ambitious ecosystem where relevant skills, projects, courses, tools, and innovative solutions are made available to the industry.
“At the moment, a lot of activity within cybersecurity takes place at Danish institutions. Yet, this activity is quite fragmented. You have maybe one or two researchers working together on minor projects. As a national initiative, the new hub will identify the various activities and competencies. This will hopefully allow us to help these researchers set up larger initiatives while avoiding unnecessary duplication of efforts,” says associate professor Christian D. Jensen, DTU Compute. He has coordinated the establishment of the new national hub with the many parties involved. The hub will not be set up to rescue businesses in acute problems, but rather to initiate new innovative projects with both academic and industry participation.
“Right now, it is not quite clear what a company should do if it wishes to engage in cooperation with a public research institution on a cybersecurity topic. One of our tasks will be to coordinate efforts and serve as a driver for new joint industry projects,” says Christian D. Jensen.
Especially the so-called Not-Petya breakdown which affected Maersk Line in late 2017 served as an eye-opener to the Danish industry and authorities, he notes: “Maersk Line was not even targeted by the attack but was hit indirectly. Yet, the company suffered substantial losses. This highlighted how vulnerable modern businesses are to cyber attacks.”
All the Danish universities – Copenhagen Business School (CBS), DTU, and the universities of Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Roskilde and Southern Denmark – are partners in the new national cybersecurity hub. And they have extended the partnership to include the three GTS institutions – the Alexandra Institute, Force Technology, and the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI), alongside with Danske Erhvervsakademier and two innovation networks, InfinIT and CenSec.
High Tech Summit 2019 will be the first occasion for a wider audience to learn about the ideas and scope of the initiative. Want to be among this crowd? Secure the date and participate at this year’s DTU High Tech Summit on October 30.th and 31.st.
“It’s no use closing your eyes to the changes. We need to constantly keep up and try to influence the process.”
Professor Jan Madsen, DTU Compute