CYSPA – the European Cyber Security Protection Alliance- was a results oriented project set up by 17 organisations active in ICT. CYSPA addressed trustworthy ICT through a European strategy to protect cyberspace.

Operating as a European project from October 2012 to March 2015, CYSPA used this opportunity as the seed funding to launch an Alliance with a view of evolving towards self-sustainability beyond the end of the CYSPA project. The aim of the Alliance was to enable EU stakeholders to work together to articulate, embody and deliver the concrete actions needed to reduce cyber disruption.


In this context, CYSPA delivered outcomes that directly benefited its members, including:

  • A cyber threats analysis and impact methodology, tested across five sectors: e-government, energy, finance, telecommunications and transport;
  • A technology & solutions observatory, enabling users to obtain up-to-date information about which approaches can be applied to protect their organisations from specific cyber threats;
  • An integrated European strategy for the protection of cyberspace, consolidating the input and expertise built up by industrial and research communities in protecting themselves from cyber threats.

In addition to delivering these concrete outcomes, CYSPA members benefited from a dedicated online platform allowing them to access the results and to further share best practices to support secure operations in cyber-space. This platform also enabled the private sector and research stakeholders to propose research topics and innovative solutions under the Horizon 2020 European initiative.

CYSPA innovated in defining and validating metrics specific to economic sectors and societal domains. CYSPA tested this approach across the five selected sectors during the lifetime of the project, elaborating these metrics with the involvement of stakeholders from each sector. Furthermore, the approach is open to expansion to domains beyond the five selected sectors. This top-down approach complements bottom-up approaches, with the aim of evolving to a full awareness, involvement and interest across users (operators, citizens) and providers (research and industrial communities), leading to a user pull for new deployments. This innovation is key in building trustworthy ICT.


The Alliance delivered results through clearly identified action lines and operated both at sectorial level in domains proposed by its members and at cross-domain levels.

CYSPA currently focused on five sectors:

  • E-Government
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

CYSPA also worked on 4 action lines:

  • Measuring the impact of cyber disruptions
  • Delivering a technology and solutions observatory
  • Consolidating its members’ industrial and research expertise into a European strategy to protect cyber space
  • Creating a cyber disruptions knowledge base


  • European Organisation for Security - Belgium
  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica - Italy
  • Atos - Spain
  • Cassidian - France
  • BAE Systems Detica - United Kingdom
  • Visionwarz - Portugal
  • Elmar Husmann Unternehmensberatung - Germany
  • SAP - Germany
  • Corte - Belgium
  • Selex ES - Italy
  • STM - Turkey
  • Thales - France
  • Fraunhofer - Germany
  • TNO - The Netherlands
  • University of Trento - Italy
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - Spain
  • Telecom Italia - Italy
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