Publication of the secUnity Roadmap "Cybersecurity Research: Challenges and Course of Action"

(c) Eric Berghen

On February 5th, 2019, the BMBF-sponsored joint project secUnity officially presented a roadmap on cybersecurity research at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels to the 130 participants. During the accompanying event, high-ranking representatives of European IT security policy from the European Parliament, the European Commission (DG CNECT) and ENISA discussed about "Civil Cyber Security Research for Digital Sovereignty" with secUnity-researchers.


The starting point for the panel discussion during the event was the provocative propsal of Professor Helmbrecht (Managing Director of ENISA) in his keynote address: "Why don’t we build a CERN for IT security research?” From a research perspective, Prof Müller-Quade (KIT) and Prof Eckert (Fraunhofer AISEC), however, considered the need for decentralized IT security research given the broad research field and advantages of diversity for preventing attacks. From a European perspective, Dr. Spanou (Director Digital Society, Trust and Cyber Security, European Commission) addressed the possible advantages of an exchange between civil and military IT security research – a conclusion that Ms. Reda (Member of the European Parliament) views rather critically. With regard to cybersecurity, Ms Reda called for "radical openness rather than national sovereignty - this is the only way we can bring together the many different actors in Europe".


The secUnity roadmap is intended to be a cornerstone for both political and scientific discourse. The event concluded with the ceremonial handover of the secUnity Roadmap to ENISA, represented by Professor Müller-Quade (spokesperson for secUnity) and Professor Helmbrecht.


Just before the evening event on the roadmap release, the secUnity workshop "Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity" took place on the same afternoon, in which this topic was discussed more in-depth.