JAMK participates in a significant cybersecurity project gaining almost half a million EUR of 16-million-EUR budget

JAMK University of Applied Sciences is a participant in a significant cybersecurity project in the EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. JAMK participates in the project that consists of 43 competence centres representing 22 different countries. Besides JAMK, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) also participates in the research-based consortium. The total budget of the Cyber Security Network of Competence Centres for Europe project amounts to 16 million EUR with JAMK’s budgeted share amounting to 490 000 EUR.


Cyber Security Network of Competence Centres for Europe (CyberSec4Europe) will address the research, know-how and development assurance of European cybersecurity. JAMK will organise two cyber security exercises and create material for course-based education and training in cybersecurity for European higher education institutes.

Aimo Pellinen, specialist in JAMK School of Technology, considers the participation in one the largest European project consortiums as a clear indication that JAMK is known internationally as a significant cybersecurity actor.

– JAMK has organised cybersecurity exercises since year 2013 and in particular, the RGCE  environment for simulating cybersecurity exercises created by us has attracted international attention. We are also one of the founding members of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organization) that consists of cybersecurity actors, Pellinen clarifies.

Several cybersecurity specialists at JAMK participate in the 42-month project. The project work has already started at the beginning of February 2019.

Horizon 2020 is an over 80-billion EUR research programme that focuses on challenges Europe is facing in the near future. Cybersecurity is one of the most significant challenges, the meaning of which will increase year by year. For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) will connect alone in the European Union area dozens of billions of devices to the Internet by the year 2020. It will further increase the potential attack area and also threaten companies increasingly. The European Commission estimates in its report published in 2018 State of the Union  describing the current situation that in year 2017 there was at least one cybersecurity incident in as many as 80 % of the companies.


Further information:

CyberSec4Europe press release

Aimo Pellinen, Specialist
+358 50 408 0189
JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Information Technology

Jani Päijänen, Project Manager
+358 40 707 2850
JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Information Technology