Mission & Objectives

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 / 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.);


ECSO Chairperson and Vice Chairs

ECSO Chairperson

Philippe Vannier
Executive Vice-President of Big Data & Security and Chief Technology Officer at Atos Group

Philippe Vannier is the 1 st elected Chairman of ECSO. He is currently Executive Vice-President of Big Data & Security and Chief Technology Officer at Atos Group. He has been CEO of the Bull Group since May 2010. He is also the Chairman and founder of Crescendo Industries, which he founded in 2004, Bull’s largest shareholder. Philippe Vannier is a graduate of ESPCI ParisTech and of INSEAD AMP. He also holds a DEA Génie électrique et Instrumentation from the University Paris IV. He began his career at Michelin North America, then Cobham Group and Alcatel.

ECSO Vice chairs

Charlotte Graire
Senior Manager - Business Development and Partnerships Airbus CyberSecurity – Large company

Fabio Martinelli
Senior Researcher Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) – Research Center

Gerd Müller
Teletrust – Association

Guillaume Poupard
Director General Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI) – National public administration

Mark Miller
Founder & CEO Conceptivity sàrl – SME

Giorgio Cusma Lorenzo
Group Senior Director - Cybersecurity, Business continuity Strategy and Group Governance Intesa San Paolo – User/operator


Airbus Defence & Space - Cybersecurity
Atos Spain
F-Secure Corporation
Leonardo S.p.A;
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V.
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH
Siemens AG
SGS Group
Thales SIX GTS France SAS

Conceptivity sàrl
Cyber Services
Digital SME
ACN – Alliance pour la Confiance Numérique
AEI Ciberseguridad – Agrupacíon Empresarial Innovadora en Ciberseguridad y Tecnologías Avanzadas (Spanish Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster)
EOS – European Organisation for Security
ETNO – European Telecommunication Network Operator's Association
FISC – Finnish Information Security Cluster
Systematic Paris-Region-SPR
TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany
EDF – Electricité de France
Intesa SanPaolo Spa
RIA – Estonian Information System Authority
Finland – NESA - The National Emergency Supply Agency
Estonia – Ministry of Defence
France – Agence Nationale de la Securité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI)
Italy – Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE)
Poland – Ministry of Digital Affairs
CEA – Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
Conseil Régional de Bretagne

ECSO Secretariat

Luigi Rebuffi
Secretary General

Luigi Rebuffi is the Secretary General and founder of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation). After having graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), he worked in Germany on the development of high power microwave systems for the next thermonuclear fusion reactor (ITER). He continued his career at Thomson CSF / Thales in France where he took on increasing responsibilities for European Affairs (R&D) in different sectors: telecom, industrial, medical, scientific, and became, in 2003, Director for European Affairs for the civilian activities of the Group. In 2007, He suggested the creation of the European Organisation for Security (EOS) and coordinated its establishment, being for 10 years its CEO. In 2016 he contribute to the creation and was the founder of ECSO, signing with the European Commission the cPPP on cybersecurity. Until 2016 and for 6 years, he has been an advisor to the European Commission for the EU Security Research Programme and President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research.

Eda Aygen
Head of Communications and Advisor to the Secretary General


Nina Olesen
Senior Policy Manager


Emilie Jonckheere
Senior Office Manager


Milda Kaklauskaite
Policy and Communications Manager


Nina Hasratyan
Policy Manager


Roberto G. Cascella
Senior Policy Officer


Danilo D'Elia
Senior Policy Manager


Reference documents


Internship position - August 2020 – March 2021 (6 months)

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL – www.ecs-org.eu – is a fully self-financed non-for-profit organisation under the Belgian law, established in June 2016.

ECSO is the contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the European Cyber Security Contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). ECSO members include a wide variety of stakeholders such as large companies, SMEs and Start-ups, research centres, universities, clusters and associations, users and operators as well as local, regional and national administrations, ECSO members originate from EU Member States, countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 associated countries.

ECSO offers a challenging, interesting and paid full-time position with real development opportunities.

Starting Date: 17th August 2020

CV + Cover Letter to be sent to: eda.aygen@ecs-org.eu. Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. Deadline for submitting your application: 10th July 2020


Under the supervision of the Head of Communications and Senior Policy Manager, the intern will support and assist the work of the ECSO Team.The intern will provide support to: marketing efforts to promote ECSO and its growing initiatives; preparation of our annual General Assembly and high level event; desktop research and follow discussions at the European Parliament on relevant political dossiers.


The Intern will support ECSO in the following aspects:

Administration: Edit & manage the Association’s CRM database and distribution lists daily.

Event management / Meeting preparation: Take part in the preparation of various ECSO events and meetings (book venues, deal with logistics arrangements, prepare meeting material in cooperation with Working Group coordinators).

Marketing:  Collaborate with the team to create new ideas for campaigns to support lead efforts; Devise and deliver innovative means of engagement with target groups; Assist with content writing for the website and social media.

Research: Follow and report on discussions held at EU institutions (European Parliament ITRE/IMCO committees; European Commission and Council); identify institutional stakeholders and support our engagement.

Other: Fulfilling other responsibilities and tasks as directed by the Secretary General.


  • Have at least 6 months to 1 year of experience working in Brussels (think tank, NGO, membership-based association, EU Institutions);
  • Proven interest in cybersecurity;
  • Proactive, flexible, and a self-starter are an important pre-requisite !
  • Detailed oriented;
  • Effective communication and organisational skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to multitask and work under strict deadlines;
  • Quick, clear and concise drafting and reporting skills;
  • IT-skills: Advanced use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Power Point and Excel), good knowledge of Photoshop, illustrator, editing website and previous experience in managing a CRM database;
  • Excellent English verbal & written communication skills.