Technologies & Innovation and Defence & Space

Working Group 6


A strong, resilient and digitally autonomous European cybersecurity ecosystem with an efficient and secure digital transition of the industry and society. 


Define the cyber security EU R&I roadmap and vision to strengthen and build a resilient EU ecosystem. Analyse the challenges of digitalisation of the society and industrial sectors to sustain EU digital autonomy by developing and fostering trusted technologies. 


  • Define the vision to strengthen the European cybersecurity ecosystem and pursue the Strategic Research and Innovation Roadmap.
  • Gather and animate the European cybersecurity community to identify future research challenges and priorities.  
  • Monitor the future Horizon Europe and Digital Europe Programmes and investment opportunities for R&I. 
  • Publish technical papers to identify challenges and provide recommendations on specific topics: Artificial Intelligence, Secure Software Supply Chain and Quantum Key Distribution. 
  • Work on secure data spaces and collaborate with the Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) initiative.
  • Coordinate the cybersecurity activities across EU initiatives and contribute to the Transcontinuum initiative, a horizontal collaboration between 8 European associations and projects to develop a common vision and elaborate joint recommendations for R&D.
  • Collaborate with ECMWF by contributing to the project “Strategic Technology Agenda for DestinE“ and produce white papers on the identified cybersecurity challenges with strategic recommendations. 
  • Analyse relevant cyber security technologies for dual use technologies and space. 


  • Take part to formal and informal exchanges with relevant stakeholders and representatives of the EU institutions and industry organisation. 
  • Provide express feedback and direct inputs to European institutions about the strategic vision and R&I priorities. 
  • Access valuable insights on the state of the art of cutting-edge technologies in the field of cybersecurity. 
  • Shape the definition of ECSO priorities, technical papers and recommendations to build a resilient EU ecosystem.  
  • Access peer to peer knowledge and experiences.
  • Network with other organisations in brokerage events for collaboration and getting funding in EU projects.

WG6 Chairs

Fabio Martinelli
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Fabio Cocurullo
Volkmar Lotz

WG6 Administration

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Roberto Cascella

ECSO Head of sector

Matteo Molé

Manager for Technologies, innovation and trusted supply chain 

WG6 Segmentation

The working group is segmented into the following sub-working groups:

SWG6.1: Ecosystem

RHEA Group

SWG6.2: Digital Transformation in Verticals
Engineering (Paolo Roccetti)
Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia
SWG6.3: Data & Economy

FORTH – Foundation for Research and Technology
Hellas IMT – Institut Mines-Télécom

SWG6.4: Basic & Disruptive Technologies

University of Malaga

SWG6.5: Cybersecurity for Dual Use Technologies

RHEA Group 

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Initiatives launched by ECSO WG6

This working group provides the following opportunities for the cybersecurity industry.


Transcontinuum Initiative

WG6 Collaborations