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


Emile 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


Women4Cyber - Trainee position for 6 months

The Women4Cyber Foundation is the official legal entity underpinning the activities of the Women4Cyber initiative which was launched by the European Cyber Security Organisation – ECSO (www.ecs-org.eu) in January 2019. The initiative intends to promote and implement actions and activities aiming for a gender-inclusive cybersecurity field which in turn will help increase the number of cybersecurity professionals in Europe (and globally).

To this effect, the Women4Cyber Foundation offers a challenging and interesting full-time (remunerated) traineeship position with real development opportunities in order to help carry out its activities.

Starting Date: as soon as possible (February 2020)

CV + Cover Letter to be sent to: nina.hasratyan@ecs-org.eu & nina.olesen@ecs-org.eu   

Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted

Deadline for submitting your application: January 31, 2020


Under the supervision of the ECSO Secretariat, the trainee will implement and carry out the activities of the Women4Cyber initiative. The trainee will provide support to content-based communication and administrative tasks for the daily management of the Women4Cyber Foundation, as well as provide ad-hoc support to the Secretariat.

The trainee will provide support to the following tasks:

  • Administration: Update & manage the Women4Cyber database and distribution lists on a daily basis; reply to requests from community members on an ad hoc basis; draft emails; support the logistical implementation of the Women4Cyber local/national chapters.
  • Event management / Meeting preparation: Take part in the preparation of Women4Cyber events and meetings (book venues, deal with logistics arrangements, prepare meeting material under supervision); prepare minutes of meetings.
  • Communication: closely monitor and update the W4C social media channels; prepare the quarterly newsletter (which includes updates and research on articles, videos and events); support the preparation and launch of the campaigns undertaken by W4C; proactively suggest innovative ideas to engage the W4C community and improve the visibility of the W4C Foundation.
  • Research: Follow and report on other gender-related initiatives in cybersecurity/tech/digital in Europe as well as in the Member States, in the public, private and academic sector; identify potential partnerships and support engagement with key stakeholders
  • Other: Contribute to other ad-hoc tasks occurring in the daily work or as requested by the Secretariat.


  • Have at least 1 to 2 years of experience working in Brussels (think tank, NGO, membership-based association, EU Institutions);
  • Proven interest in cybersecurity and gender-inclusive policies & initiatives;
  • Proactive, flexible, and a self-starter are important pre-requisites;
  • Excellent English verbal & written communication skills. Knowledge of French is strongly desired.
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Effective communication and organisational 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), knowledge of Photoshop, Canva and / or other graphic design tools a plus.