Brussels now has a cyber-security centre, created on the initiative of Sirris, the collective centre for the technological industry. The Brussels Initiative on Cyber-security Innovation (“BICI”), within which are associated the research centres of three universities and a Brussels university college, has the aim of helping companies fight cybercrime, and for them to be sent new knowledge around cyber-security more quickly.
Nowadays, two in three companies are victims of cyber-attacks. Moreover, their number has further increased, as hackers resort to ever more “smart” methods. Sirris notes that although Belgium has the necessary university know-how to fight cybercrime, its transfer to companies is still a challenge.
The body, part of Agoria, the federation for the technological industry, has been coordinating SeCloud, a cyber-security research project, since 2015. The project has enabled the demonstration of the innovation potential in the sphere within the Brussels-Capital region.
The BICI will rely upon national and European partnerships to arm companies against cyber-attacks, and help them create cyber-secure products. It will combine the know-how of the research centres of the university of Leuven, the Free Universities of Brussels VUB and ULB, Erasmus University College Brussels, Sirris and other key players in the research and innovation sphere in the Brussels-Capital region.