SAFE Cluster (Security and Aerospace actors for the Future of Earth) is a French competitiveness cluster, operating as a non-profit association, located in the South-East of France (PACA Region), where high standard security and defence industries are located, as well as a strong part of the French Civil Protection (national CBRNE training centre, national fire-fighter officer academy, national resources and command centres).
SAFE gathers a network of 450+ members including companies (SMEs, medium companies and large groups – 60%), research and academia partners, mainly from the areas of security, environmental protection and aerospace industry and practitioners (civil protection & fire and rescue services, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), local authorities, critical infrastructures). Through reuniting suppliers and customers of integrated security solutions, SAFE addresses security issues with a trans-sectoral approach, as well as an understanding and vision of innovation driven by an end-user perspective, while reinventing new business models.
The expertise of SAFE lies in its market knowledge, the dense network of partners and the dedicated tools and methodologies that have been developed. To support the development of its members, SAFE offers dedicated support, tailored to the need of each member, made of a wide panel of actions ranging from the emergence of research and innovation projects, to the search of technology partners and financing, including also coaching, support to business plan and international development.
SAFE has based its added value on its capacity to build links and bridges between end-users, experts, scientists and technology providers.
Pole SCS (Secured Communicating Solutions), created in 2005, is a digital cluster based in the SUD region, in France, and gathers more than 300 members, including companies (and 70% of SMEs), research centers and educational institutions mainly in the fields of Microelectronics, IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security, applied to Health, Smart cities, Industry 4.0, Transport & mobility (including smart vehicle). The cluster represents 60 000 jobs in these fields, 26 multinational companies, 1200 researchers in the public sector and 18 educational institutions training 1500 engineers per year. Its aim is to promote the development of competitive R&D projects between all these players with the support of local communities, in order to design and develop new solutions targeting high-growth markets such as IoT, smart cities, smart homes and smart buildings, smart grids, Industry 4.0, logistics and transport or e-health. It also aims to contribute to the creation of an appropriate ecosystem for the overall regional ICT landscape, especially through the development of SMEs. SCS is also offering numerous services and products to its members, including access to technologies, to various platforms and to expertise and is promoting digital innovation to foster growth and employment in specific growing markets.
L3CE – Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (www.l3ce.eu) is a research organization established with mission to support capability development and innovation management of security and defence agencies. Specific focus is complex, sophisticated cyber related threats. L3CE was established by two national universities: Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) and Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), which allows to retain strong links with academia.
L3CE is a lead and partner of Baltic Cluster – thematic network of practitioners and experts, innovations validation & uptake cluster. It’s ambition is to become the reliable partner for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), competence hub for comprehensive cybersecurity domain regionally and unique knowledge and niche-specialization player for the hybrid threats and hybrid conflicts EU-wide.
Baltic Cluster addresses cyber topicality with a holistic, integrated, trans-disciplinary approach. It combes societal and technological innovations, development and implementation of solutions leveraging co-creation as method – innovators and end-users working together for common solutions. Through its members and their networks (SENTER Network, SINCERE, ENLETS, ILEANet, NAAS), Baltic Cluster reaches out to over 100 EU RTO, industry and end-user institutions specializing in the domain and interlinked areas like OSINT, StratCom and Cybercrime Forensics.
L3CE is a member of several EU networks and associations acting as a competence and innovations hubs for EU security stakeholders:
- CMINE – Crisis Management Innovation Network (https://www.cmine.eu)
- SENTER – Strengthening European Network of Centers of Excellence in Cybercrime (https://www.senternetwork.eu)
- EU-HYBNET – A Pan-European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats (https://euhybnet.eu)
- SPARTA – Strategic Programs for Advanced Research and Technology innovations (https://www.sparta.eu)
- EACTDA – European Anti-Cybercrime Technology Development Association (https://www.eactda.eu)
LSEC vzw is an independent not for profit industry association bringing together more than 800 industrial CyberSecurity (CS) partners and reaching out to over 15.000 end users . LSEC is a spin-off of KU Leuven COSIC, Distrinet and CITIP, founded in 2002. Since 2006, LSEC has been an active partner in various research and development projects in Flanders, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, US and Europe. LSEC actively incubates and drives innovation with 20 to 30 innovative CyberSecurity companies in Europe. LSEC is guiding Flemish startup CS technology companies in getting market recognition and technology leadership in Belgium, Europe and beyond.
LSEC has been involved as a research and innovation partner in FP7 and H2020 European projects. Its current activities include CS and AI, different CS and IoT related activities, CS for industrial robots and industrial machines, CS and postQuantum, Computing on Encrypted data and other Privacy Enhancing Technologies. Our Market Analysis for CS-companies, the EC and Member States presented a perspective on the different local ecosystems. LSEC operates 3if.eu, a Digital Innovation Hub providing advisory services to SMEs in their digital transition, and to industrial companies taking steps in digital transformation by means of IIoT and data analytics. LSEC organizes various though leadership activities, by means of expert events and direct interactions with expert-peers and manufacturers, end users and system integrators. LSEC is chairing the market development and investment working group and founding member of ECSO and of Global EPIC, the collaboration of CyberSecurity clusters from around the world, offering innovative CS-companies a landing platform.
Center for Defence, Space & Security (CenSec) is a gold cluster with 173 members covering capabilities within the defence, space and security industry. Among our members you will also find leading Danish universities and knowledge institutions. CenSec works with prime contractors, system integrators, Ministry of Defense procurement, logistic and repair agencies etc. to identify, develop and recommend appropriate supplier and sub-contractor capability. CenSec was founded in 2004 and established in 2007 as an industrial cluster. In 2018, CenSec was approved by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to also become a national Innovation Network for Security (Inno-Sec). In October 2020, CenSec was appointed by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to be the national Danish cluster for defence, space and security in the 4-year period from 2021-2024. CenSec has two overall missions: firstly, to develop business networks among small and medium-sized sub-suppliers to the defence, security and space industry and other high-tech industries. Secondly, to offer assistance to business members to improve market knowledge, competencies and education enabling them to participate in business networks, and creating business opportunities and innovation.
Security Delta (HSD) is the Dutch security cluster. Nearly 300 businesses, governmental organisations and knowledge institutions have been working together since 2013 to make a difference in securing the digitalization of our society. They share their knowledge and collaborate on innovative security solutions, that can be scaled within the Netherlands and internationally. HSD is the coordinator and driving force that brings these parties together in different areas. By providing access to knowledge, innovation, market, finance, and talent, HSD takes care of the preconditions for a successful security cluster. The HSD Campus in The Hague is the cluster’s inspiring meeting place. We do this with the common goal of strengthening the Dutch economy, increasing employment rates and making the Netherlands more digitally resilient.
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Systematic Paris-Region is a French innovation and technology cluster based in the Paris Region bringing together and promoting a regional ecosystem of excellence in Deep Technologies (Data Science & AI; Cyber & Security; Digital Infrastructure & IoT; Digital Engineering; Optics & Photonics; Open Source) applied to three challenges – Digital Transformations of Territories; Industry and Services and Society). Systematic has currently over 900 members. In the Cyber & Security domain the cluster has a strong core of 224 members (120 SME, 50 large group, 50 academic, 4 territories) with a roadmap that covers 10 technological areas Critical Infrastructure, Smart territories, Energy and Utilities, Industry 4.0, Transportation, Health, IT, Public authorities, Entertainment and Defence.