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Three leading Czech universities - Masaryk University, the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Brno University of Technology - have agreed to deepen existing cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and have established a registered institute, the CyberSecurity Hub. In addition to strengthening joint professional activities, it will also focus on supporting industry and companies and European certification of cutting-edge technologies in the field of cybersecurity. The founding charter of the institute was signed by representatives of universities on 18 November.

"This unique cooperation of three universities, which represent the top in cybersecurity research at the national and international level, will significantly strengthen the position and competitiveness of Czech research and education and cooperation with the application sphere in cybersecurity," said Radim, Vice-Rector of Masaryk University for Development, Legislation and IT Radim Polčák.


The new institute will build on the joint activities of its founders in the National Center for Competence for Cybersecurity, where leading Czech research institutions and private companies cooperate. The first activities of the institute will include the construction of a European digital innovation hub or the creation of a special certification authority in the field of cybersecurity.


"As part of the European Digital Innovation Hub network, the institute, in cooperation with partners, intends to support the secure development of digitization and innovation in Czech industry through the creation of a comprehensive system for sharing information and experience, access to know-how, technologies and infrastructures. education and investment support, "said Radek Holý, Vice-Rector of CTU for Informatics.


Another goal of the institute will be to assess the compliance of new cutting-edge technologies with safety requirements and to perform their certification. The CyberSecurity Hub will thus become a certification authority, controlled by independent public universities, which will have the necessary accreditation and will sponsor the entire certification process. The certification authority will operate according to the new European legislation, so its certificates will be valid throughout the European Economic Area. Thanks to the cooperation of the top capacities of the three participating universities, the institute wants to compete with certification authorities from large EU member states.


"Close cooperation with Czech companies in the field of cybersecurity will lead to the improvement of the useful properties of their products and services, and thus to the strengthening of the competitiveness of Czech industry on an international scale," added Pavel Zemčík, Dean of the BUT Faculty of Information Technology.


The Institute will achieve these ambitious goals through activities strategically managed by the Board of Directors, which consists of representatives of the founding institutions and the professional public. It will cooperate with external research institutions, public administration, private companies, professional associations, industry clusters and other organizations in the Czech Republic and abroad.