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Towards the Design of a Cybersecurity Competence Network: Findings from the Analysis of Existing Network Organisations

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The increasing reliance of economy, society and state on cyberspace and proliferating cyber risks require not only technologies and qualified workforce, but also innovative organisational solutions. The European Union sees one such solution in the establishment of a network of cybersecurity competence centres. In the past two decades, the creation of collaborative networked organisations in other fields has proven its utility in sharing knowledge, resources and risk to exploit quickly emerging market opportunities. The major challenge in creating networked organisations is to provide long-term, effective collaboration through adequate governance and management.

To support the elaboration of a solid governance model of a cybersecurity competence network in a Horizon 2020 research project, this paper presents the results of a study of 92 existing network organisations active in cybersecurity and closely related fields. It outlines the implemented methodological approach, the identification of two main types of business models depending on funding streams and degree of coordination among partners, a prioritised list of governance requirements, and prevailing governance models depending on member representation on senior governance bodies and decision-making principles.


  • Cybersecurity
  • Collaborative networked organisation
  • Business model
  • Governance requirements
  • Governance model
  • ECHO project

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This work was supported by the ECHO project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement no. 830943. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution to the primary analysis of existing networks by fellow researchers from RHEA Group, the Bulgarian Defence Institute, Tallinn University of Technology, the European Software Institute – Centre Eastern Europe (Sofia), the Institute of ICT of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Thessaloniki), Telefonica Moviles Espana SA, Semmelweis University (Budapest), Vitrociset Belgium, Zanasi & Partners (Modena), Link Campus University (Rome).

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Tagarev, T., Davis, B.Á. (2020). Towards the Design of a Cybersecurity Competence Network: Findings from the Analysis of Existing Network Organisations. In: Dziech, A., Mees, W., Czyżewski, A. (eds) Multimedia Communications, Services and Security. MCSS 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1284. Springer, Cham.

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